Election Security

Election Security

Cyber criminals and bad actors can create chaos in state and local voting and election systems – from disqualifying legitimate voters to corrupting data to launching denial-of-service attacks.

Many government election commissions and agencies could be much better prepared to deal with election security threats, but many are not. To develop solutions and security programs to counter cyber threats to elections, government agencies should engage with industry experts with frontline experience to stop cyber criminals and bad actors.

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Unique challenges

To protect the integrity of elections, state and local governments must ensure that voting processes are secure and accessible while also being fiscally responsible–and often with limited IT staffing.

Agencies must also find ways to counter cyber security threats that target many systems, including electronic voting machines, ballot counters, voter registration systems, websites, and election management systems.

Election infrastructure protection

Assess critical election infrastructure

Assess critical election infrastructure

Understand the potential entry points by which attackers can access voting systems, as well as the methods used to breach them.

Test existing plans

Test existing plans

Local governments should test their election security plans to help identify potential gaps and vulnerabilities.

Modernize election infrastructure

Modernize election infrastructure

Find ways to collaborate with technology vendors and public and private sector peers about ways to protect systems.

Secure existing technology

Secure existing technology

Determine if devices and applications used by government officials use multi-factor authentication and encryption capabilities. Identify whether critical, sensitive data is backed up and stored offsite, and establish whether it has the same level of security as primary data.

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