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Election Officials Discuss Efforts to Bolster Voting System Security

August 10, 2018 / Sean Michael Kerner

At Defon in Las Vegas, election officials talk about potential cyber-security and some of the steps they are taking to improve voting system security. A panel of election officials from across the country spoke at Defcon on Aug. 10 here to talk about their cyber-security concerns. The officials detailed steps taken thus far to help secure election systems and repeatedly emphasized their commitment to making things better. "We are concerned about cyber-security," Alex Padilla, Secretary of State for California said. The panel at Defcon was part of the Voting Village, which is now in its second year. The Voting Village first convened in 2017, with researchers demonstrating different ways that election system could be exploited. Padilla said the election system security is critical, because voters need to have confidence in their democracy and know that their votes matter. He added that cyber-security attacks against voting systems are essentially a form of voter suppression, as...