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Centrify gives states a deal on identity management software to secure midterm elections

To secure U.S. election systems from the very real threat of targeted cyberattacks , states might need to reframe their security practices to look more like they would in a tightly controlled corporate environment. To that end, Centrify, an enterprise cloud-based identity management company, is extending its security offerings to help states cover their bases as part of a “ Secure the Vote ” initiative. The company is encouraging state and local election boards to employ its services for basic security measures like multi-factor authentication and user privilege management — two easy steps that could thwart potential attacks. To coordinate with states, Centrify is working with the Department of Homeland Security on the budget and procurement processes as states begin to work more closely with the agency on the challenge of election security . In a conversation with TechCrunch, Centrify CEO Tom Kemp emphasized that states could bolster election security considerably by even undertaking the most basic safety measures. “There’s some low-hanging fruit that can be done relatively quickly,” Kemp told TechCrunch, noting that this level of precaution would only take “a couple weeks of implementation work.” As Kemp notes, the hackers targeting state election systems generally try to compromise admin-level accounts with broad system access. Multi-factor authentication requires an external confirmation of user identity in order to log into a system and is widely considered one of the more basic and most robust cybersecurity precautions for individuals and organizations alike. Centrify eschews the “trust but verify” approach, opting instead for a zero-trust security model that verifies user identity at all levels. State and local election boards can work with Centrify to get free access to the company’s services for eight months, though they’ll need to sign up for an annual plan to get the deal. The company will work with those groups to deploy its services, with discounted on-site rates. Because the company is already registered in the federal procurement system, states have one less hurdle to overcome if they choose to work with Centrify while taking advantage of federal assistance seeking to bolster state election security

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Motorola introduces a range of new mid-range handsets: $249 Moto G6 with 5.7" 1080p display and USB-C, $199 Moto G6 Play with large battery, Moto…

Jeffrey Van Camp / Wired : Motorola introduces a range of new mid-range handsets: $249 Moto G6 with 5.7" 1080p display and USB-C, $199 Moto G6 Play with large battery, Moto E5 and E5 Plus   —  YOU AIN'T HIP unless you've got an extra long screen, dual cameras, and a glass back.  Those are three of this year's many smartphone trends, and Motorola has 'em all.

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Oculus begins rolling out GDPR-compliant changes including a user-facing Privacy Center, updated ToS, and new Code of Conduct for users (Lucas…

Lucas Matney / TechCrunch : Oculus begins rolling out GDPR-compliant changes including a user-facing Privacy Center, updated ToS, and new Code of Conduct for users   —  While Facebook is still struggling to regain user trust following a data fiasco that ultimately brought Zuckerberg to testify in front of Congress …

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Nest says it will donate 1M smart thermostats to low- and moderate-income Americans over the next five years, as part of its new Power Project…

Abner Li / 9to5Google : Nest says it will donate 1M smart thermostats to low- and moderate-income Americans over the next five years, as part of its new Power Project initiative   —  The smart home is often touted as delivering conveniences like automation and remote control.  One often overlooked aspect of installing …

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Netflix launches 30-second preview videos on iOS shown in vertical format, to be displayed like a slideshow, and coming soon to Android (Cameron…

Cameron Johnson / Netflix Media Center : Netflix launches 30-second preview videos on iOS shown in vertical format, to be displayed like a slideshow, and coming soon to Android   —  One of the best ways to know if you'll like a new series or movie is to watch a quick trailer.  Today, we are excited to introduce mobile previews …

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Profile of data mining company Palantir, cofounded by Peter Thiel, which works with government agencies and law enforcement to help track US citizens…

Bloomberg : Profile of data mining company Palantir, cofounded by Peter Thiel, which works with government agencies and law enforcement to help track US citizens   —  Peter Thiel's data-mining company is using War on Terror tools to track American citizens.  The scary thing?  Palantir is desperate for new customers.

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