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Safeguarding Election Integrity in the Digital Age

Javvad Malik of KnowBe4 Advises Vigilance, Critical Thinking During 2024 Elections
Javvad Malik, lead security awareness advocate, KnowBe4

The proliferation of technology is posing major challenges to safeguarding the integrity of the electoral process worldwide. Javvad Malik, lead security awareness advocate at KnowBe4, emphasized the increasing risk posed by threat actors during election cycles - exploiting social media, posting deepfake content and disseminating misinformation.

These campaigns, coupled with the people's inherent biases, can sway public opinion and undermine the democratic process, Malik said. He advised vigilance and critical thinking, urging voters to verify information independently before making decisions.

"Be skeptical of everything you see, especially when you see something that invokes an emotional reaction. That's the most dangerous part," Malik said. "Do your research. Every election, every candidate or every party has their manifesto. They have the details out there. It sometimes feels like a lot of effort, but it doesn't take that long just to go and say, 'What is your manifesto? Do you believe in this?' Fact-check!"

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group at Infosecurity Europe 2024, Malik also discussed:

  • The potential fallout from election security threats;
  • Fostering a culture of skepticism and critical inquiry;
  • The need for continuous education and awareness initiatives that go beyond traditional training formats.

Malik has held leadership roles in information security, risk management and IT advisory. He is the co-founder of Security BSides London and advocates for security awareness. His expertise spans technology research, community outreach and strategic advisory services.

About the Author

Anna Delaney

Anna Delaney

Director, ISMG Productions

An experienced broadcast journalist, Delaney conducts interviews with senior cybersecurity leaders around the world. Previously, she was editor-in-chief of the website for The European Information Security Summit, or TEISS. Earlier, she worked at Levant TV and Resonance FM and served as a researcher at the BBC and ITV in their documentary and factual TV departments.

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