The information in January about Michael Cohen’s indictments covers some attention-grabbing floor for IT managers and offers safety groups one thing else to fret about: He allegedly paid a big data firm Redfinch Solutions to rig two online polls in then-candidate Donald Trump’s favor. To these of us who’ve labored with on-line polls and surveys, this comes as no shock.
Whereas the Cohen story is massive information, it’s on no account distinctive. Surveys have a darker facet, as this January report from researchers at RiskIQ documented. They discovered one other survey-based rip-off that’s extra insidious and includes a fancy sequence of steps that use cloned YouTube identities to finally get marks to take surveys to redeem for “free” iPhones. As an alternative, the respondents acquired malware put in on their computer systems or telephones.
Each the Cohen and RiskIQ tales elevate questions concerning the dangers and safety of surveys. Safety managers must up their recreation and perceive each the monetary and reputational dangers of rigged polls and the exploits which might be delivered by them. Then they’ll enhance their protecting instruments to maintain hackers away from their networks and customers.
To raised perceive the risks and points with on-line surveys and polls, I’ll assessment why companies use them, the dangers that exterior rigging current, and easy methods to hold your networks safer from rogue polls that supply too-good-to-be-true rewards.