Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Sunday he is concerned that the U.S. remains “vulnerable” to election meddling, and that the cyber threat facing the U.S. is “going to get worse before it gets better.” “The Department of Homeland Security very much was on alert on Election Day and in the days leading up to it, along with the FBI. And we were very concerned,” Johnson said on CBS News’ “Face the Nation.” He said that “a number of vulnerabilities” in election infrastructure were identified and addressed. “But that process needs to continue,” he said. “I’m concerned that we are almost as vulnerable perhaps now as we were six, nine months ago.”
“Bad cyber actors are becoming more aggressive, more ingenious, and more tenacious,” he added. “And that’s why we need a national campaign from the president, from the next secretary of Homeland Security to really address this problem. Nothing would surprise me at this point in terms of their capabilities.”
Johnson said that back in October, while he was serving as Homeland Security secretary, a statement that the Department of Homeland Security and Office of the Director of National Intelligence issued declaring that Russia intended to interfere with the U.S. election was not given the level of media attention he and others expected — and that it deserved.