Protecting our elections from cyber meddling is a long-term effort; there is no silver-bullet answer. Yet the security of the 2018 midterm elections has practically made more headlines than the candidates have. A report from the the Center for Strategic and International Studies, in partnership with Raytheon, found that since the 2016 elections, 40 states have invested more than $75 million to improve election security. The center compiled the report from multiple sources and a survey it conducted with its network of cybersecurity experts. Robert “Bob” Kolasky, National Risk Management Center director at the Department of Homeland Security, expressed his confidence in the security of our election systems at an event ahead of the midterms elections. The event was hosted by CSIS on Oct. 30, in Washington, D.C.
“This is a long term effort to make the nation’s elections more secure and resilient,” Kolasky said in a panel titled “Securing Election Systems Against Cyber Attacks: Risks and Solutions for 2018, 2020 and Beyond.”
The panel was adamant that voters and the media need to trust the process and systems in place should a security event arise.
“Since 2016, there has been a lot of activity [to address election security]” said John Gilligan, president and CEO, Center for Internet Security, during the panel discussion.
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