After reports of possible hacks by foreign entities on U.S. voting systems and massive data theft from political party databases, the Department of Homeland Security is assembling a group of state and federal officials who will explore ways to protect the integrity of U.S. election systems. On Aug. 31, the National Association of Secretaries of State named four representatives to DHS’ Election Infrastructure Cybersecurity Working Group: Denise Merrill, Connecticut’s secretary of state and the association’s president; Connie Lawson, Indiana’s secretary of state and the association’s president-elect; and NASS Elections Committee Co-Chairs Alex Padilla, California’s secretary of state, and Brian Kemp, Georgia’s secretary of state. Other participants in the group include the Election Assistance Commission, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Justice Department, the FBI and the Defense Department’s Federal Voting Assistance Program, the official said.
In a statement, Kemp called the working group an “information-sharing project between top state elections officials and federal agencies on election cybersecurity best practices.” In past news reports, Kemp has been a vocal critic of a push by DHS to classify election systems as critical infrastructure in the wake of attempts to penetrate voting data in Arizona and Illinois.
“It is critical that election officials remain vigilant against cybersecurity threats,” Padilla said in a statement. “While we are always evaluating and adapting our security measures to protect the integrity of our elections, the Election Infrastructure Cybersecurity Working Group will bring together federal, state and local officials to ensure that cybersecurity best practices are being shared in a bipartisan manner.”
Full Article: States name members of election security group — FCW.