The state avoided having to make a change in election equipment before the midterms, however.
Two key officials say offices at all levels of government are rapidly bolstering defenses ahead of November elections.
The Senate Intelligence Committee also touted the Voting Village’s efforts to probe election equipment while chastising its naysayers.
Jim Condos says the latest draft will force states like his to spend more money on auditing. Meanwhile, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission says states are focused on cybersecurity ahead of 2018 midterms.
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The state wants to add every city and county government to its automated threat feed program in the next three to four years.
The election officials said replicating their systems is “extremely difficult,” but others say they’re reluctant to let cybersecurity experts access them to test for vulnerabilities.
One state and one local official told a congressional committee that smaller jurisdictions require additional federal technical assistance for priority upgrades to voting equipment and security.
The Census Bureau will conduct its first largely online decennial census in 2020 but hasn’t said how it will secure the process.
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The charges bring into question previous statements from vendors and state officials.
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But some note progress. “I think we’re in a much better position than two years ago,” says Minn. Secretary of State Steve Simon.
A standard called Enhanced Open aims to make using free networks more secure than it is now.
The Interior Department awarded spots on a five-year, $45 million contract to manage IT risk for more than 600 dams nationwide.
The bill comes amid an encryption debate that pits national security against cybersecurity.
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The ransomware that crippled Atlanta raises unanswered questions about how to communicate with citizens after a cyber-attack.
Broad-based consumer bills on internet privacy and net neutrality failed or are still pending as state legislative sessions wind down. And the ones that have passed have been limited.
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