On October 7, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) hosted a call with the National Association of Counties (NACo) and state associations of counties to discuss elections cybersecurity and the resources the agency has for counties to enhance the security of voting systems. On the call, DHS officials briefed counties on the current status of potential threats following this summer’s high profile incidents including the hack of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the hack of Arizona’s voter registration system. The agency officials then discussed in further detail some of the services available to state and local election officials to assist in their cybersecurity.
The resources, first highlighted in a statement released by DHS in September, include cyber hygiene scans on internet-facing systems, best practices and risk and vulnerability assessments. For more information on the DHS resources, click here.
On the call for DHS were Phil McNamara, assistant secretary for the Office of Partnership and Engagement, and Suzanne Spaulding, under secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate. Grant Veeder, auditor and commissioner of elections for Black Hawk County, Iowa and NACo’s Elections subcommittee chair provided welcoming remarks.
- Click here to read NACo’s blog post on cyber threats facing the 2016 elections