Securing election infrastructure is a national security priority. Threats to election systems are constantly evolving, so defending these systems requires constant vigilance, innovation, and adaptation. State and local election officials nationwide are responsible for the operation and administration of elections.
Fair and free elections are a hallmark of American democracy. The American people’s confidence in the value of their vote is principally reliant on their confidence in the security and resilience of the infrastructure that makes the Nation’s elections possible.
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director Christopher C. Krebs released the following statement today on the agency’s election security work.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)—in coordination with federal, state, local, and private sector partners nationwide—are continuing efforts to protect our elections. Today, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, DNI Dan Coats, and FBI Director Christopher Wray released a joint statement.
Senior officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) met today with members of the Sector Coordinating Council (SCC) for the Election Infrastructure Subsector and conducted a classified briefing on the current cyber threat landscape for the election community.
Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen released the following statement today on President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order, Imposing Certain Sanctions in the Event of Foreign Interference in a United States Election:
On August 24, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security was joined by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Facebook, and Microsoft to host a briefing for the National Association of Secretaries of State and the National Association of State Election Directors on recent actions taken by both companies to combat foreign threats.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) hosted the “Tabletop the Vote 2018: DHS’ National Election Cyber Exercise,” a three-day, first-of-its-kind exercise to assist DHS and our federal partners, state and local election officials, and private vendors in identifying best practices and areas for improvement in cyber incident planning, preparedness, identification, response, and recovery. Through tabletop simulation of a realistic scenario, exercise participants discussed and explored potential impacts to voter confidence, voting operations, and the integrity of elections.
Today, the Department of Homeland Security hosted a conference call with the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) and the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED) – the nation’s lead election security officials – featuring a briefing by Facebook on the company’s actions last week to remove inauthentic behavior by malicious actors who seek to undermine our democratic institutions.
EIS Communiqués are part of the Election Security Resources that highlight various services, and tools, such as assessments, threat information-sharing programs, network protection, best practices, incident response, and developments at the federal level.