DNC’s Tech Chief Stepping Down After Overhauling Cyber Security System

LISBON, PORTUGAL - NOVEMBER 08: Raffi Krikorian, CTO, DNC, on Centre Stage during during day three of Web Summit 2018 at the Altice Arena on November 8, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal. In 2018, more than 70,000 attendees f... LISBON, PORTUGAL - NOVEMBER 08: Raffi Krikorian, CTO, DNC, on Centre Stage during during day three of Web Summit 2018 at the Altice Arena on November 8, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal. In 2018, more than 70,000 attendees from over 170 countries will fly to Lisbon for Web Summit, including over 1,500 startups, 1,200 speakers and 2,600 international journalists. (Photo by Sam Barnes /Web Summit via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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March 15, 2019 8:41 a.m.

Raffi Krikorian, the chief technology officer for the DNC, is stepping down from his role after two years of working to shore up security and prevent hacks like those in 2016 from plaguing the organization again.

According to a Thursday Buzzfeed News report, under Krikorian’s regime, the DNC brought data operations in-house, taught chairman Tom Perez to use encrypted messaging and forced state parties to update their security systems and institute phishing drills.

He and his team have also reportedly been training the large and growing field of Democratic candidates on how to protect their campaigns from hacks.

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