Wisconsin elections officials have created a security team and are putting together a formal security plan amid concerns about Russia’s meddling in the U.S. election last year and evolving cyber-security risks. The Wisconsin Elections Commission plans to work together with federal, state and local elections officials on the plan in advance of next year’s elections to prevent any security breaches, a memo describing the effort said. The commission was to discuss the effort Tuesday. The move comes as federal investigators and the Senate Judiciary Committee investigate Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election. President Donald Trump on Friday called allegations of Russian election meddling a “hoax,” and insisted the media was the “greatest influence” on the 2016 campaign.
… State elections officials planned to discuss whether to respond to the questions from Trump’s commission at its Tuesday meeting.
Meanwhile, the state is moving ahead with improving security efforts for 2018. Wisconsin Elections Commission assistant administrator Meagan McCord Wolfe said in a memo to commission members that a draft security plan should be done in December with a final plan completed in early 2018.
Wisconsin’s chief elections officer, Michael Haas, said Friday that the state is a national leader in formulating the plan, which builds on cyber-security steps already taken and attempts to establish best practices to address the ever-changing threats.