Safeguarding Our Election Infrastructure

Nation-state hackers and rogue hacktivists now consider elections high-priority targets to further their financial and political goals. They’re attempting to breach voter registration systems for confidential data they can sell on the digital black market or corrupt records to disenfranchise eligible voters. To shore up security defenses, election authorities need to develop a multifaceted strategy similar to a public safety emergency management plan that brings together stakeholders from every department to protect government resources, respond to emergencies and manage the aftermath of incidents. This paper guides officials in drafting comprehensive plans by detailing the current threat landscape, describing the challenges authorities face and outlining resources that can help secure the next elections in their jurisdictions.

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