The question as to whether or not the U.S. mid-term elections are secure from cyberattack or outside influence will be answered in a few short hours, but in the runup to the polls opening Tuesday morning, several events have happened to help bolster security and give voters confidence in the electoral system.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) has activated and placed the state’s National Guard cyber response team on standby status. This will allow the unit to quickly respond to any cybersecurity incident that takes place during the election. Wisconsin joined the Illinois National Guard and the Washington Air National Guard, which announced last month that cybersecurity personnel from each state would be poised to help on Election Day.
“The Elections Commission remains the lead agency and the guard is standing by to support at their request. The Wisconsin National Guard cyber teams are ready to respond anywhere in the state to provide a number of capabilities including assisting and advising election officials in the cyber domain,” the Wisconsin National Guard public affairs office said in a statement.
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