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DHS’s Nielsen says elections systems secure, no evidence of nation-state interference

Despite the myriad concerns around safeguarding election systems, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Friday the 2018 midterms are likely the most secure election the U.S. has conducted and reiterated that the DHS has no evidence that any nation-state is currently infiltrating election systems. At a Council on Foreign Relations meeting, Nielsen…

State of security: North Carolina

Who’s in charge: Executive director, Board of Elections Kim Westbrook Strach North Carolina this year received about $10.4 million in federal funding, which it has allocated chiefly toward modernizing its Statewide Elections Information Management System and migrating it to the cloud. This system reportedly manages voter registration, candidate filing, voting site management, election night reporting and…

State of Security: Delaware

Who’s in Charge: Commissioner of Elections Elaine Manlove Delaware may be known as the First State, but it certainly doesn’t come in first when it comes to cybersecurity. To document and tabulate its residents’ votes, the tiny mid-Atlantic state uses the Danaher Shouptronic 1242 – a push-button direct-record electronic solution that does not have a voter-verified…

EAC standards don’t fully protect voting systems, pen tests show

Even states that meet U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) standards, might find their voting systems are not adequately protected, the results of penetration tests show. Pen tests on voting systems in 10 statements revealed a number of vulnerabilities and pen testers at Coalfire were able to reverse engineer voting media and replace voting system software…

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A few days from midterms, only 21 states have submitted to DHS election security audit

Less than a week from the 2018 Midterm election, only 21 U.S. states have submitted to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) vote hacking vulnerability assessment. The DHS has a team of officials prepared to examine statewide election systems and run in-person exercises such as phishing tests to ensure election officials are prepared to defend…

State of Security: Tennessee

Who’s in charge: Secretary of State Tre Hargett; Election Coordinator Mark Goins Russian operatives and companies indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for interfering in U.S. democratic processes ran a Twitter account called “Tennessee GOP” during the 2016 presidential election. But that didn’t stop Secretary of State Tre Hargett from shrugging off a report from…

State of security: Arkansas

Who’s in charge: Secretary of State Mark Martin Contenders vying to become Arkansas’s Secretary of State, the official responsible for the state’s elections, brought election security to the debate stage last month and differentiated themselves on mail-in ballots, voter ID and employing automatic voter registration. The focus on election security can only be a good…

State of security: Maine

Who’s in charge: Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap In a somewhat counterintuitive move, Maine is banking on its low-tech approach to voting to help keep those looking to influence the upcoming elections at bay, although at the same time it is investing federal dollars into boosting its overall cybersecurity standing. Maine Secretary of State…

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