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Joint Statement on Election Day Preparations

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.

DHS Holds Classified Briefing for Private Sector Election Companies

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. 

DHS, FBI Hold Joint Briefing for Election Officials with Facebook and Microsoft

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.

DHS Hosts National Exercise on Election Security

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.

DHS and Facebook Update Election Officials on Foreign Interference Operations

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 Communiqué

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.

NASS Conference Remarks: As Prepared For Delivery

Thank you Secretary of State Lawson for that kind introduction. You and Director Bob Giles have been outstanding partners in the Department’s election security efforts.  I want to thank you for pushing our partnership forward, and for organizing this important conference. I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank Acting Assistant Secretary Bob Kolasky, Matt Masterson, Geoff Hale and all of the DHS personnel who have worked tirelessly in partnership with you to improve the security and resilience of our election infrastructure.


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