Interagency group commits to election security
On August 20, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released a joint statement on the meeting of the Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council (GCC). The GCC met virtually to discuss Election Day preparations and other areas of coordination between the federal government and state and local election officials.
According to the statement, the federal government has enlisted the help of cybersecurity profession from the public and private sectors, and is “actively monitoring” for threats, including foreign disinformation campaigns.
“The election community is more unified, more coordinated, and better prepared than ever before. We are in the final stretch leading up to the 2020 elections, and there is no doubt we have a challenging road ahead,” said the committee.
The committee’s statement went on to say that “Elections will look different this year, but we want voters to know our election community is ready and taking active measures to ensure every ballot is counted as cast.”
Members of the GCC Executive Committee include Bob Kolasky, Assistant Director of the CISA; Benjamin Hovland, Chair of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission; and Lori Augino, President of the National Association of State Election Directors.
For more information about the joint statement, please follow the links below.
Joint Statement from Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council Executive Committee, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency
Interagency Group Issues Joint Statement on Election Security Commitment, ExecutiveGov