Ballots are seen in a machine after the scanning process the day of the primary election at the King County Elections headquarters on August 4, 2020 in Renton, Washington. Today’s columnist, ESET’s Cameron Camp, focuses on election security and advises local government officials to solicit the expertise of security pros as we head into the fall campaign. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)

This election cycle we’re running a high-stakes presidential race in the U.S., so it’s hard to imagine a foreign nation-state that wouldn’t like to cast a ballot. Unfortunately, we’ve seen election interference before and federal agencies like the National Counterintelligence and Security Center have produced unclassified Election Threat Updates to inform the public of nation-state threat actors and tactics ahead of the November elections. 

This time around, we now understand that there are more holes in the election technology ecosystem than previously thought – and precious little time to make changes.

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