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State of security: Louisiana

Who’s in Charge: Secretary of State: R. Kyle Ardoin “Geaux vote,” the Bayou State’s website urges its citizens. But that might not be considered a secure practice, officials have said, until the 2020 election when the millions of dollars being poured into Louisiana’s voting systems will have an effect. Although Louisiana was not one of…

State of security: Connecticut

Who is in charge: Secretary of State Denise Merrill Connecticut is going into the 2018 election with a high level of confidence that the state will be able to secure the election process. Secretary of State Denise Merrill discussed the issue with Connecticut Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D) and Senator Chris Murphy (D) when she brought…

Democratic fundraising firm leaves data-filled NAS open to public

A consumer-grade network attached storage (NAS) device owned by Rice Consulting, a fundraising firm working primarily with the Democratic Party, containing client data and passwords giving access to other organizations, was left publicly accessible, a cybersecurity research firm discovered. The factory-set authentication of the Buffalo TeraStation NAS device was disabled, leaving it open to being…

Cyber Command

Cyber Command goes on the offense to protect U.S. election

In the lead up to the mid-term elections next month the U.S. Cyber Command has launched its first ever offensive operation against individual Russians attempting to interfere. The New York Times made the initial report on the operation, and had few details as to what the action included, but indicated the suspected election operatives would…

State of security: Missouri

Who’s in charge: Secretary of State John R. Ashcroft Security in action: Missouri recently held a National Election Security Summit in St. Louis to discuss and share best practices as well as usable steps to mitigate threats and vulnerabilities concerning the upcoming election. Missouri was allotted $7.2 million in federal funds for election security to…

State of security: Utah

Who’s in charge:  Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox,  Director of Elections Justin Lee Security in action: Utah uses a vote by mail system in all but two counties (Carbon and Emery). The two outliers instead use direct-recording electronic (DRE) voting machines that at least provide a paper-based audit trail. However, even more counties allow auditable DREs for…

State of security: New Jersey

Who’s in charge: Secretary of State Tahesha Way Security in action: In August New Jersey made public its spending plan for the $10.2 million the state has set aside to help secure its state and local level elections. The federal government supplied $9.7 million which was matched by $500,000 from state coffers. The program runs…

State of security: California

Who’s in charge: Secretary of State Alex Padilla Security in action: California can list several initiatives it has taken to ensure to the best of its ability that the 2018 election is safe from cyberattack. Secretary of State Alex Padilla met with federal and state law enforcement officials on October 9 to discuss California’s election…

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