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On Election day, things we know even before the results come in

It’s election day in the US – and a couple of tangential tech related pieces of data.

Facebook’s employees, in its semi-annual “Pulse Survey” taken by more than 49,000 employees over two weeks in October, showed workers on edge – and only 51% of respondents said they believed Facebook was having a positive impact on the world, which is down 23 percentage points from May and down 5.5 points from the same period last year.    Only 56% viewed leadership positively.

Meanwhile, the Washington Post has a dive into the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity divisions operations to secure the election, looking at their 24/7 virtual war room to monitor the election, which could run as long as the certification of the results in December.       One element – communications with media every few hours to explain any interference it sees.

Finally, that hacking network Microsoft and the US military took down last month – it’s already back and attached to those hospital attacks reported last week.

Why do we care?

I plan to dive into projections and implications when we have results from the election, but there are two threads we know are true now regardless of the winners.

First, Big Tech is not doing anyone any favors when it comes to trust.    I found it really notable to observe that the employees themselves are dismayed as to their impact on the world, and leadership is losing ground on trust.

Second, there is a significant cybersecurity effort going at the nation state level.   

We care across both themes, and Ill work backwards.    Thematically, cyber security is HARD – and it’s not an add on.   It’s not a feature.   It needs to be the foundation.  If you’re not working on zero-trust initiatives, you’re already behind.

As I think about trust, I’m left with two thoughts.     It’s earned, and it’s earned by actions.    Politics is a dirty word, despite it meaning the activities associated with governance of an area.   That’s also known as leadership, and is citizenship.     Standing for something is not a BAD THING.    It’s how leaders … lead.    I’d offer that being a good citizen, and focusing on people will ALWAYS work.  Lose sight of that at your own peril.

Source: BuzzFeed News

Source: The Washington Post

Source: Business Insider