CyberSecurity for Elections

“Cybersecurity is the practice of ensuring the integrity, confidentiality and availability of information that is created, stored andtransmitted in the digital realm. This includes the ability to defend, detect and recover from accidents and intentional attacks.

The cybersecurity of elections is a quickly evolving space. Since the 2016 Election, there has been a paradigm shift in the conversation around cybersecurity as it relates to the administration of elections at the local, state and federal level. The national discourse on cyberattacks and elections security has the potential to undermine [voter’s] trust in our electoral process.

Democracies cannot allow cyber threats to election systems—real or perceived—to undermine the role voting plays in our society. Despite the progress made over the past three years, it is important to remember that cybersecurity is not a destination, but a continually evolving road that requires constant attention to mitigate risk. We must always strive to do better for voters because the single act of casting a ballot is fundamental to our democracy and fundamental to making government accountable to the people it serves.
This will require a continued commitment – and the corresponding dedication of resources –
to ensuring the integrity of our voting systems. “

– Elections Cybersecurity in Rhode Island – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea

 

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