Tag Archives: election security

Gen. Paul Nakasone on Cybersecurity, Foreign Election Interference

Gen. Paul Nakasone

Gen. Paul Nakasone, head of U.S. Cyber Command and a 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, said cybersecurity is national security and opens up a “new strategic environment of competition." Cybercom is now preparing to ensure the security of the 2022 midterm elections and Nakasone discussed how the command works to counter cyber threats as more countries attempt to interfere with U.S. democratic processes.

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DHS to Hold Sprints on Driving Cybersecurity Response; Alejandro Mayorkas Quoted

Alejandro Mayorkas

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is launching a cybersecurity sprint event in support of the Biden administration's efforts to drive cyber response. DHS will hold a series of exercises focused on major IT topic areas such as ransomware, industrial control systems, workforce, election security, transportation security and international-focused efforts.

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Gen. Paul Nakasone: Cybercom-NSA Partnership Helped Counter Foreign Election Interference

Gen. Paul Nakasone

Gen. Paul Nakasone, head of U.S. Cyber Command, director of the National Security Agency and 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, said Cybercom’s partnership with NSA plays a key role in protecting U.S. elections from foreign interference. Gen. Nakasone said Cybercom carried out more than 2,000 operations to protect the 2020 elections against foreign interference

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DOJ, DHS Release Key Findings From Classified Report on Foreign Election Interference

Election Security

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have issued a joint statement saying they found no evidence that a foreign government compromised election infrastructure to manipulate the 2020 U.S. federal elections. The joint document released on Tuesday includes key findings and recommendations from the classified report. 

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NSA Releases Report on 2020 Cybersecurity Initiatives; Anne Neuberger Quoted

Anne Neuberger

The National Security Agency (NSA) has issued its 2020 Cybersecurity Report that details progress on the agency's initiatives focused on integrating threat intelligence, cryptographic knowledge, vulnerability analysis, defensive operations and technical expertise. According to the report, NSA was able to help the Department of Defense (DoD) modernize encryption procedures and mitigate attacks resulting from quantum systems and “adversarial computational advances”.

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Christopher Krebs on Continued Operations of CISA’s Election Security Centers

Christopher Krebs

Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, said that Election Day serves as the “halftime” of the agency’s operations centers created to streamlined collaborations. According to CISA officials, an in-person operations facility at the agency’s headquarters location in Virginia is “up and running.”

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CISA Director Touts Efforts to Combat Election Disinformation Campaigns

Christopher Krebs

Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), has assured that CISA has increased its information sharing efforts with state officials in anticipation of disinformation campaigns threatening the U.S. presidential election. “We remain confident that no foreign cyber actor can change your vote,” said Krebs, a two-time Wash100 Award recipient

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USCYBERCOM Broadens Operations Against Foreign Adversaries

Cybersecurity

UU.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) moved to expand its operations to identify cyber threat actors from countries like Russia, China and Iran ahead of the presidential elections Tuesday as part of efforts to protect against potential foreign interference. The USCYBERCOM official said the command has active chatrooms with interagency partners to facilitate sharing of information on cyber threats. 

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DHS OIG: CISA Needs to Further Election Security Efforts

DHS

The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued a report stating that the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) must take additional steps to secure the U.S. election infrastructure. The OIG report dated Oct. 22 states that DHS has improved coordination and CISA was able to create guidelines for securing systems required throughout the 2020 election cycle.

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Louisiana Nat’l Guard Responds to Gov’t Cyber Attacks Ahead of 2020 Elections

Cybersecurity

The National Guard has responded to alleged cases of cyber breaches at government offices in Louisiana weeks ahead of this year’s presidential elections. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued an advisory on a new form of malware called "emotet” which has worm-like qualities. Cybersecurity experts have attributed the cyber attacks in Louisiana to a hacking group backed by North Korea. 

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