WASHINGTON DC – Not every US election official is giving the Department of Homeland Security a vote of confidence for cybersecurity.
The Senate intelligence committee hosted an open hearing on Wednesday to discuss cybersecurity for elections. DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and former secretary Jeh Johnson both testified.
The committee asked the DHS to explain what it’s doing to ensure that future elections are safe from cyberattacks. The agency said it had the necessary resources. Still, not all election officials were interested in what the DHS had to offer.
While the DHS provides voluntary cybersecurity reviews for all 50 states, only 19 have reached out, Nielsen said.
“It’s very difficult if a state does not want to be identified, because it’s a voluntary relationship,” Nielsen said.
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