Rep. Katko, DHS Officials Hold Bipartisan Election Security Briefing for Local Election Officials

January 21, 2020
Press Release

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – At Onondaga Community College, U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24), Ranking Member of the Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection & Innovation Subcommittee,  today held an election security roundtable to connect local election officials with representatives from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).  Rep. Katko was joined by  Republican and Democratic Commissioners and IT professionals from local County Board of Elections as well as representatives from NYS Board of Elections.  

“As we move closer to the 2020 election, it is critical that our local election officials have the resources that they need to keep our election secure,” said Rep. Katko. “Today’s roundtable presented an opportunity for local Republican and Democratic Commissioners from our Boards of Elections to speak directly with Homeland Security officials dedicated to assessing risks and protecting local elections from vulnerabilities.  In Central New York, our Election Commissioners and information security professionals are on the front lines in monitoring threats and implementing security practices.  Today, they were able to share their challenges and ideas with Homeland Security professionals as they work to instill confidence in our electoral system in 2020 and beyond.”

Federal support for local election officials includes:

  • CISA has been conducting outreach to local election officials through its #Protect2020 campaign.  Goals of this program include achieving 100% audibility, patching election systems, and adoption of cyber best practices by state and local governments.
  • The NCCIC provides risk and vulnerability assessments of election infrastructure and cyber hygiene scanning of internet accessible systems at no cost.
  • The NCCIC also provides remediation solutions through its Hunt and Incident Response Teams in case of an incident.
  • EI-ISAC provides actionable information to local officials and can serve as a channel for information sharing.

 

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