Election security has become a hot topic. From the Mueller Report to newly proposed federal legislation to National Governors Association policy academies to other state-by-state cybersecurity actions, the complex topic of ‘securing our vote’ is getting more attention than ever before.
Despite headline-grabbing ransomware attacks against major cities, domestic finger-pointing at three-letter-agencies for leaked offensive hacking tools, and a relentless barrage of other new cyberthreats hitting the public and private sectors, the big national security focus in June 2019 is how to ensure that the 2020 elections are not a repeat of 2016 regarding foreign interference (or worse yet hacking) in our democratic voting processes.
No doubt, the topic is not new. Here are just a few of my election security related blogs over the past eighteen months on this topic:
Nevertheless, several national experts recently said that election security issues encompass up to 70% of cybersecurity-related conversations in Washington D.C. among political and non-political leaders right now.
Government Cyber Focus: Election Security