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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…

State of security: Florida

Who’s on charge: Florida Department of State Secretary Ken Detzner Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., left officials scratching their heads last summer during his re-election campaign when he claimed Florida’s election systems had been hacked and Russian operatives had been free “to move about” in some of the state’s counties and sparked a debate over election security between Nelson…

Cyberattacks up prior to midterms, 81.5 million voter records threatened

Threat actors are ratcheting up their cyberattacks ahead of the 2018 midterms, exposing voter databases, operating influence campaigns and eroding voter confidence, according to research by Carbon Black. Ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, the security firm’s researchers found 20 different state voter databases containing more than 81.5 million voter records – including names, genders,…

State of security: Pennsylvania

Who’s In Charge: Secretary of State Robert Torres, Commissioner of Elections Jonathan Marks Pennsylvania intends to eliminate all electronic voting machines that fail to produce voter-verified paper audit trails (VVPATs) by the year 2020. While that’s an important step, it won’t do much good in the 2018 midterm elections, during which time 50 out of the Keystone State’s 67 counties will…

State of security: Alaska

Who’s in charge: Josie Bahnke, State Elections Director Alaska’s huge size and dispersed population help create some unique problems for the state when it comes to securing its electoral process. Maurice Turner, of the Center for Democracy & Technology, noted in his testimony in May 2018 before the Alaska House State Affairs Committee that overall…

State of security: Oregon

Who’s in Charge: Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, Interim Director of Elections Steve Trout The Pacific Northwest is big on preserving its forests, but if there were ever a good use of trees, it’s the millions of paper-based ballots that Oregon mails out before every election. Indeed, Oregon is a vote-by-mail state whose only electoral technology consists…

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