Arizona: Is Arizona doing enough to protect 2020 elections? Computer security experts weigh in | Andrew Oxford/Arizona Republic
Some aspects of how to secure Arizona’s elections from hackers and fraudsters may seem obvious. Change the passwords on equipment every once in a while, for a start. Oh, and make it complicated, with some numbers and uppercase letters tossed in. Of course, there is a lot more to fending off cyber attacks. The Arizona Secretary of State’s Office is writing a new manual for county election officials and its first draft includes additional provisions on security. While experts praise some of those measures as big steps to prevent tampering, they are raising concerns about potential vulnerabilities with other measures. County officials who administer elections can adopt tighter security standards than those set by the state, but the new election procedures manual will set out the minimum requirements that local officials must follow. It revises policies last updated in 2014. Among the provisions that raised concerns is a suggestion that a USB stick used to transfer files from one device to another can be re-used if it is cleaned and reformatted.Full Article: Arizona's election security for 2020: What experts say.