National Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Lookout shares responsibility with government

October 3, 2018
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With the theme of “our shared responsibility,” the 15th annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is officially upon us, which is the ideal time to highlight how industry and government are working hand-in-hand to tackle the most pressing cyber security challenges.

Federal agencies are embracing mobile technology in order to enhance employee productivity and mission success. In order to do so successfully, however, they must also address the risks associated with this new mobile landscape.

A Lookout survey of government agencies supports this urgent need. The study found that 60.5 percent of government agencies experienced a security incident involving a mobile device.

With this in mind, Lookout works very closely with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and recently collaborated closely with the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to shut down a potential cyberattack on voter databases

Shared responsibility with DHS

Partnering with the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), Lookout has collectively enhanced Lookout Mobile Endpoint Security specifically with government agencies in mind. This involved working together to understand government’s mobile security needs, and develop new product features as well as improve existing ones.

In July, DHS S&T announced that our enhanced endpoint and new mobile phishing protections are available for both private and public sector stakeholders. This feature, called Phishing and Content Protection, stops phishing attacks on mobile endpoints going beyond email. The mobile device opens up many new avenues for phishing attack, including through SMS, social media apps, and messaging apps.

A new era of election security

Furthermore, we know cyberattackers will target elections and that government and industry will need to work together to protect these systems.

This was highlighted when Lookout discovered a custom phishing kit targeted at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) via a third-party technology provider NGP VAN.

In this case, our artificial intelligence-based phishing detection engine discovered and alerted researchers to a spoofed login page for NGP VAN, a technology provider primarily used by the United States Democratic Party. We worked with the technology provider and the DNC to thwart the phishing kit before it could be deployed.

A shared responsibility now and into to the future

Lookout has always embraced the theme of shared responsibility for consumers, corporate enterprises, and the government. This vision will extend well into the future, as we will continue to be the ideal partner helping the government to embrace mobility in ways that are safe, and always advance mission success.

On October 4th in the Rayburn House Office Building Room 2226 on Capitol Hill, Lookout is hosting an event in coordination with Congressman Ted Lieu where Mike Murray, VP of Security Intelligence at Lookout, (whose team identified the recent DNC hack attempt) will discuss how mobile threats are rapidly evolving to include social media and messaging apps to spearfish targets who may have access to sensitive voter or campaign data.

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