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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…

State of security: Rhode Island

Who’s in charge: Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea Security in Action: In the run up to the primary Board of Elections Chair Diane Mederos state and federal IT officials and cyber experts to review security protocols for Election Day operations including physical access to the state’s voting equipment. Rhode Island spent about $1.5 million…

State of security: Ohio

Who’s in charge: Secretary of State Jon Husted Security in action: Ohio has taken several steps this year to bolster its election security arrangement, including using federal funds to update the state’s voter registration system database, provide county boards of elections with enhanced cybersecurity safeguards, and conduct post-election audits. The Buckeye State spent $12.2 million…

New York CISO: State committed to helping its local municipalities bolster cyber defenses

There are 62 counties in New York State, and nearly 1,000 cities and towns within them. Many lack adequate resources to devote to cybersecurity, but New York is committed to making sure these local municipalities are nevertheless protected against digital threats, according to the state’s CISO Deborah Snyder, speaking today at a conference. In a panel…

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35 million voter records from 19 states found for sale on Dark Web

More than 35 million voter records have been found for sale in a Dark Web forum containing information on voters from 19 states with prices ranging from $150 to $12,500. This information was tallied by Anomali Labs researchers working in conjunction with Intel 471 which reported the records contain voter data including full name, phone numbers,…

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