On October 30, 2018, Center for Strategic and International Studies published a video of an event that was recently held titled, “Securing Election Systems Against Cyber Attacks: Risks and Solutions for 2018, 2020 and Beyond”. In the video, a panel of experts draw on a wide array of research revealing insights into how election systems can be protected from interference. Here is the event description:
Following the 2016 election, in which election systems in at least 21 states were targeted by malicious cyber actors, several studies have put forth proposals to secure election systems against cyber threats and restore public trust in the election process, but implementing consistent baseline security practices remains challenging.
The panel will discuss progress that has been made since the 2016 election, and assess ongoing efforts at the state and national level to secure election systems. Panelists will also discuss what gaps and vulnerabilities still remain, and what steps can be taken in preparation for the upcoming elections.
The panelists at the event were:
- William Carter: Deputy Director, Technology Policy Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies
- Suzanne Spauling: Senior Adviser Homeland Security Program and International Security Program
- Brian Newby: Executive Director, U.S. Election Assistance Commission
- Jon Check: Senior Director, Cyber Protection Solutions, Raytheon Company
- Robert Kolasky: Director, National Risk Management Center, Department of Homeland Security
- John Gilligan: President and CEO, Center for Internet Security
Suzanne Spaulding moderated the panel discussion. She is a Senior Adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and is also Former Undersecretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security. Spaulding has also been involved in get out the vote efforts in the recent midterms. A recent tweet:
In New York, California, Texas, and 27 other states you can take time off from work to vote — here's the full list:https://t.co/LKz7xNbGMD
— Suzanne Spaulding (@SpauldingSez) November 5, 2018
The Center for Strategic and International Studies event lasted about an hour and twenty minutes. Take a look!