Homeland Security increases focus on cybersecurity at the polls

Department of Homeland Security officials may not expect malicious hackers to sway November’s election, but the agency is offering more protections to help states secure voting systems.

After this summer’s Democratic National Committee breach, and a recent FBI warning of digital tampering with state election boards, Homeland Security has stepped up efforts bolster cybersecurity at the polls and for state election boards.

“We are working with election stakeholders to offer assistance on a voluntary basis,” said Robert Silvers, the agency’s assistant secretary for cyber policy. “We want to leave no stone unturned.”

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