I was as stunned as anyone by the U.S. election results. I also immediately questioned the security of the state election systems.
I just can’t help but wonder why an August 29 story written by well-respected journalist Michael Isikoff that ran on Yahoo News detailing an FBI alert about hacks into state election servers was ignored by the public and most of the media.
To me, the meddling of nation state actors (Russia) in our electoral systems and processes was the most serious issue in this controversial election.
Surely state and local governments do not have the resources to adequately protect their infrastructure from advanced nation state or other types of hacker attacks. Most large well-equipped organizations in this country struggle with the same despite multi-million dollar security budgets spent each year on cybersecurity.
Whatever happened to national plans to protect our nation’s critical infrastructure? I would definitely consider local and state election systems a central component of those critical infrastructure systems.
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