Valimail names Seth Blank as co-chairman of M3AAWG’s Election Security Special Interest Group

Valimail names Seth Blank as co-chairman of M3AAWG’s Election Security Special Interest Group

Valimail, the leading provider of identity-based anti-phishing solutions, announced that director of industry initiatives Seth Blank has been named co-chairman of the Election Security Special Interest Group (ES-SIG) of the email industry group M3AAWG.

M3AAWG, the Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group, is a consortium of companies that have been working for over a decade to stop email spam, phishing, and other online abuse including bots, malware, and denial-of-service (DoS) attacks.

As co-chair, together with Nathaniel Borenstein, chief scientist for Mimecast, Blank will define the scope and agenda of the election security group, with the aim of bringing M3AAWG’s significant collective expertise combating online abuse to bear on the problem of election security.

“M3AAWG has done a spectacular job of defeating spam and combating many types of phishing,” Blank said.

“This work has great potential relevance for elections — for example, spear phishing has been a documented attack vector on voting infrastructure in recent years. These attacks threaten not only the physical hardware used to cast ballots, but the entire process of campaigning, learning about candidates and issues, tabulating votes, and reporting the results.

“Our goal with the Election Security SIG is to identify the areas where our collective expertise can be most effective in helping to secure this critical technology that underpins our democracy.”

Blank has already played a significant role in bringing key representatives of the U.S. election infrastructure to previous M3AAWG meetings.

He was instrumental in arranging a keynote presentation to M3AAWG in 2018 by Homeland Security Assistant Secretary Jeanette Manfra and has also brought representatives from the Department of Defense (DOD) and National Institute of Standards and ..