Today, following the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee's first report examining Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential Election, Assistant Director Bob Kolasky from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Election Assistance Commission Chairwoman Christy McCormick, National Association of Secretaries of State President and Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate, and Keith Ingram, President, National Association of State Election Directors and Director of Elections, Texas Secretary of State, David Stafford, Escambia County Supervisor of Elections, all members of the Government Coordinating Council Executive Committee, and Sector Coordinating Council Chairman Chris Wlaschin and Vice-Chairman Bryan Finney issued the following joint statement.
As part of the effort to #Protect2020, CISA is working with national partners to build resilience to foreign interferences, particularly information activities (e.g., disinformation, misinformation). The Department views foreign interference as malign actions taken by foreign governments or actors designed to sow discord, manipulate public discourse, discredit the electoral system, bias the development of policy, or disrupt markets for the purpose of undermining the interests of the United States and its allies. Responding to foreign interference requires a whole of society approach.
Director of National Intelligence Daniel R. Coats, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher A. Wray, U.S. Cyber Command Commander and National Security Agency Director Gen. Paul M. Nakasone, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Christopher C. Krebs, Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security Kenneth P. Rapuano today issued the following statement after holding two classified briefings on election security, one for members of the United States House of Representatives and one for members of the United States Senate.
Securing election infrastructure and ensuring an election free from foreign interference are national security priorities. Threats to election systems are constantly evolving, so defending these systems requires constant vigilance, innovation, and adaptation. State and local election officials nationwide are responsible for the operation and administration of elections.
Fair and free elections are a hallmark of American democracy. The American people’s confidence in the value of their vote is principally reliant on their confidence in the security and resilience of the infrastructure that makes the Nation’s elections possible.
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director Christopher C. Krebs released the following statement today on the agency’s election security work.
Senior officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) met today with members of the Sector Coordinating Council (SCC) for the Election Infrastructure Subsector and conducted a classified briefing on the current cyber threat landscape for the election community.