Iowa’s top elections official will form a new working group with the goal of bolstering the cybersecurity around Iowa voting. “With the past presidential election, with the dialogue that came out of that, we’ve had to be much more aggressive (on cybersecurity), but also to share more with you of what we’re doing so the voters have the full confidence in our elections system,” Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate said during a Friday news conference during a training session for county auditors at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids. Concern about the security of the nation’s elections has hit a peak since 2016 due to investigations into Russian attempts to affect the 2016 presidential election.
Matt Masterson, senior cybersecurity adviser with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, joined Pate at the news conference.
“From the Department of Homeland Security’s perspective, we’re taking this incredibly seriously,” he said. “Elections are fundamental to democracy, and this is a top priority for the department.