Kentucky’s front-line elections officials received cybersecurity training Thursday in another preventive step against hacking, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said. County clerks statewide attended training by the federal Department of Homeland Security on preventing and detecting cyberattacks, Grimes said. The session comes a few weeks before the state’s May 22 primary election. Kentuckians will have a long ballot this year with races for county positions, the legislature and Congress.
“We work every day to monitor and fortify our defenses against any actor — foreign or domestic — that seeks to undermine our democratic process,” Grimes said. “Today’s trainings are crucial to protecting, defending and increasing confidence in our elections.”
The training is meant to help county clerks guard against breaches of voter registration systems, Grimes said. The goal is to expand the training to Kentucky’s thousands of precinct election officers this summer ahead of the November election, she said.