David Vance National Media Strategist Ph: o: 202.736.5712 c: 240.605.8600 email@example.com
on September 22, 2017
Today’s revelations from DHS that 21 state election systems were targeted by Russian hackers is troubling on a number of levels. First it should never have taken the federal government so long to share this information with the targeted states. Perhaps most disturbing is the fact that some states have told reporters that they were unaware of being targeted.
Attempts to hack our elections are not a hoax they are a real threat but one we can and should address now not later. This is clearly a threat that is not going away and it is long past time for governments at the federal, state, and local level to take proactive steps to safeguard the integrity of our elections.
Other nations have been much quicker to respond to threat but we must catch up. The Department of Homeland Security’s designation of our election systems as “critical infrastructure” was a positive step but we must do more. In every state, we also need:
We must take these steps now, not attempt to make them on the eve of the next election. And we must be flexible and vigilant going forward as our adversaries’ tactics will evolve but inaction is not an alternative.