On Dec. 3, dozens of experts from across the country met at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center for the first Penn State Symposium on Election Security. The event was co-hosted by the College of Engineering, Penn State Law and the School of International Affairs, as well as the Penn State Institute for Networking and Security Research and the Institute for CyberScience. The symposium allowed for experts from disciplines as diverse as public policy and cybersecurity to collaborate on solutions to election security threats. “This event brought together some of the thought leaders in elections security from around the nation, and highlighted the problems and importance of vigilance in protecting our democracy,” said Patrick McDaniel, director, Institute for Network and Security Research, and one of the event’s organizers. “It also led to concrete plans for taking action in the future, in which Penn State will play a central role.”
The event opened with remarks from Eric Barron, president of Penn State, followed by Hari Osofsky, dean of Penn State Law and the School of International Affairs, and Justin Schwartz, Harold and Inge Marcus Dean of Engineering.
“Election integrity and election security should be nonpartisan issues, because elections matter,” said Barron. “And it’s crucial that our elections are free, open, and fair.”