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State of security: North Carolina

Who’s in charge: Executive director, Board of Elections Kim Westbrook Strach North Carolina this year received about $10.4 million in federal funding, which it has allocated chiefly toward modernizing its Statewide Elections Information Management System and migrating it to the cloud. This system reportedly manages voter registration, candidate filing, voting site management, election night reporting and…

State of Security: Delaware

Who’s in Charge: Commissioner of Elections Elaine Manlove Delaware may be known as the First State, but it certainly doesn’t come in first when it comes to cybersecurity. To document and tabulate its residents’ votes, the tiny mid-Atlantic state uses the Danaher Shouptronic 1242 – a push-button direct-record electronic solution that does not have a voter-verified…

Phishing campaign used Brazilian elections as a lure

The 2018 Brazilian general election provided the perfect backdrop for cybercriminals to create a phishing campaign designed to infect citizens of the South American country with the Astaroth WMIC Trojan. In the days leading up to the Oct. 7 vote, the malicious campaign used subject lines suggesting that then-presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro, was embroiled in a scandal,…

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: 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…

State of security: New York

Who’s in Charge: Board of Elections Co-Director Todd Valentine, Board of Elections Co-Director Robert A. Brehm It’s up to you, New York, New York, who you vote for. But as far as how you vote in the Empire State, DRE-based electronic voting, including absentee ones, are submitted via paper ballots. The votes are then counted using ballot…

State of security: Washington

Who’s in Charge: Secretary of State Kim Wyman, Director of Elections Lori Augino In March 2018, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee signed into law House Bill 2406, which aims to improve election security by mandating the adoption of recognized best auditing practices, requiring voting system vendors to disclose data breaches, and authorizing the secretary of state to…

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…

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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