Behind a locked steel door somewhere in northern Virginia, America’s fight in cyberspace never shuts down. On the eve of the National Election Security Summit in St. Louis, where elections officials from across the country will meet with homeland security and cyber experts, the Hearst Television National Investigative Unit is taking viewers inside the secure center outside the nation’s Capitol where the United States wages “cyber combat” to protect the voting process. “This is the place where we coordinate everything,” explained DHS Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity Jeanette Manfra while giving Hearst Television a one-on-one tour of the watch floor of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC).
She pointed out a large-screen video map of the United States at the front of the watch floor where severe cyber threats to the elections would be plotted in bright red. The NCCIC team, operating 24 hours a day, detects, analyzes, and responds to cyber threats against the elections ― and the country.
But when asked if the federal government is “doing enough” to counter the threat to the elections, Manfra let out a sigh, and then answered, “You know, I do always think we could do more. I think we are doing everything we can right now. But it is ― it’s a long process.”