Election officials across the country are looking to shore up election systems against hacking, a facet of the 2016 election that led to a yearlong congressional investigation. Nevada is organizing cybersecurity under a new central hub, according to the Secretary of State’s Office, and is among more than 35 states sending officials to a cyber security incident response training at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center in Massachusetts later this month. Hackers linked to Russia targeted election systems in 21 states during the 2016 election. The Nevada Secretary of State announced in September that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security confirmed Nevada was not one of those states.
Some investigations into Russian meddling in the election are underway, with a recent draft report from one committee saying there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, according to the Associated Press. The finding drew praise from Trump and pushback from Democrats.
After the Department of Homeland Security designated election infrastructure as critical infrastructure last year, a 27-member group was established with officials from federal, state and local governments. The Election Infrastructure Subsector of the Government Coordinating Council convened for the first time last October to begin developing protocols for information-sharing in threat analysis.