DHS Doubling Efforts to Protect 2020 US Elections

The Department of Homeland Security will double its efforts to deter hackers and foreign influence campaigns for the upcoming elections in 2020, when President Trump expects to run for re-election, CNET reported Thursday.

Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency at DHS, said they are “doubling down for 2020" to protect election systems and the public. Krebs said the agency will continue its success from the 2018 midterm elections, which DHS described as "the most secure election we've ever had."

Efforts for the 2020 elections will include hiring full-time staffers to manage election security. DHS established the same task forces in past elections but only temporarily to deter cyber attacks and disinformation on social media.

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