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Lessons Learned

Election Security Cooperation

Election Lessons
Election Lessons

Lessons Learned

Election Security Cooperation

State and local government officials have spent the past four years building up their cybersecurity defenses. They worked to build cooperation and communication with each other and with the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. On Nov. 3, those efforts paid off.

Deepfakes

Measuring Deepfakes' Impact

Deepfakes
Deepfakes

Deepfakes

Measuring Deepfakes' Impact

Earlier this year, experts were concerned about “deepfake” videos, which are completely fabricated videos of politicians or other prominent figures saying and doing things that never happened. However, deepfakes were not as prevalent as feared, in part because simple edits and shameless falsehoods were easier to create — and worked just as well.

Election Security

Confront the Threat

Election Security
Election Security

Election Security

Confront the Threat

All of the election security concerns that existed in January before the coronavirus pandemic are still out there and are now more difficult to tackle, including malicious actors spreading disinformation and attackers targeting voting databases. How are state and local governments working with federal partners to address these threats? 

State and local governments face an array of election cybersecurity threats, from attacks on voter registration databases to misinformation on social media. They have bolstered their defenses and are partnering closely with the Department of Homeland Security. Through Nov. 3 and beyond, we’ll be tracking what state and local election officials are doing to enhance their cybersecurity and speaking with top experts in the field.

Exclusive Q&A’s

We spoke with state election officials and outside experts about enhancing election cybersecurity.

“We are relying much more than I think anyone could have expected at the beginning of 2020 on online systems for registration.”

LAWRENCE NORDEN, director of the Brennan Center’s election reform program

Read the Q&A to learn about how states can prepare backup systems for the election

“We were the first state in the nation to conduct a risk-limiting audit that shows to a high statistical degree of certainty that our election results are correct.”

JENA GRISWOLD, Colorado Secretary of State

Read the Q&A to learn how Colorado monitors its elections

“One of the main things that we’ve tried to pay attention to and watch for is the risk of ransomware. And that’s always a concern.”

PETER THRELKEL, Director of Information Services for the Oregon Secretary of State

Read the Q&A to learn how Oregon has been enhancing its election cybersecurity

“There is no one we’ve met that doesn’t believe this is a serious problem that requires their attention.”

 ADAM CLAYTON POWELL III, Executive Director, University of Southern California Election Cybersecurity Initiative

Read the Q&A to find out how USC is helping states with election security

“Threat prevention is really part of the culture of security that we built here at our office.”

KATIE HOBBS, Arizona Secretary of State

Read the Q&A to see how Arizona views the election security threat landscape

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