Following a report by cybersecurity firm Comparitech that was recently published, which revealed that 3 in 5 politicians’ websites don’t use basic HTTPS encryption, Tim Helming, director of product management at DomainTools, offers the following commentary.
Tim Helming, Director of Product Management at DomainTools:
“Considering the state of both online security, and political discourse, this is a worrying study. Organisations that fail to use HTTPS encryption are leaving themselves open to interception of traffic, which can help to damage brand reputation and, more dangerously, be used to facilitate cybercrime. For politicians, this is even more relevant, as failing to use appropriate HTTPS protection leaves them open to disinformation or inaccurate policies being promoted under their name. This is damaging for the politician, the party they represent, and ultimately, political discourse more widely. It is also potentially dangerous to citizens who send personal information to these sites to make donations, sign up for information emails, etc.”