Not only is Homeland security working hard to keep the 2020 Presidential Election secure, they are also in partnership with Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to promote #Protect2020. This is a call to action “…to enhance the int
The Department of Homeland Security’s Focus on Cybersecurity During the United States’ 2020 Presidential Election
October 13, 2020
Homeland Security has been paying close attention to cybersecurity and election interference for many years, even before the 2016 election that faced interference attempts from foreign countries.
Christopher Krebs, the director of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, states on C-SPAN on September 8th that there are three main threats plaguing national security and election security at the moment. Krebs states that “First is the nation-state attack and of the intelligence services as well as for military operations.” Krebs continues to explain that “There is a second bucket of activity and that is more traditionally going to be focused on fraud and criminal activities. It's been a fascinating thing to watch. Every war out there with phishing scams for instance has been linked to covid, some kind of a theme whether it is the early days of sign-up here to get tested and now we start to see things like sign up here for a vaccine or early trial, things like that.” Though, as Krebs said, this is fascinating to watch, cybersecurity is nothing to take lightly. Krebs explains further that “The third group we are seeing is less on the technical side to side but it's misinformation. Whether it's the Russians or Chinese or Iranian or some other unattributed group we continue to see the information pushed out with social media and increase the being circulated about the martial law takeover.” Nation-state attacks, criminal activities, and misinformation have the potential to negatively influence the United States 2020 Presidential Election.
Homeland Security states on its website, “We are committed to working collaboratively with those on the front lines of elections – state and local government, election officials, federal partners, and the vendor community – to manage risks to election infrastructure. We will remain transparent as well as agile to combat and secure our physical and cyberinfrastructure against new and evolving threats.”
What is the election infrastructure? According to the Department of Homeland Security, election infrastructure may present itself as a voter registration database, systems that manage elections like (auditing, displaying results, and post-election results). Homeland Security advises that Political action committees, campaigns, and non-state or local government election groups are not part of election infrastructure.
Not only is Homeland security working hard to keep the 2020 Presidential Election secure, but they are also in partnership with Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to promote #Protect2020. This is a call to action “…to enhance the integrity and resilience of the Nation’s election infrastructure, and ensure the confidentiality, truthfulness, and accuracy of the free and fair elections necessary for our American way of life.”
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