On February 20, 2018, twenty-one national security officials, including General Michael Hayden (Ret), The Honorable Rick Ledgett (Former Deputy Director, NSA), Mike Rogers (Former Chair, House Intelligence Committee), and James Scott (Sr. Fellow, ICIT), sent a letter to Senators Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer to express their support for the Secure Elections Act (S. 2261), bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Martin Heinrich (D-NM).
The legislation, according to the letter, would empower states to address rising cybersecurity risks to American elections without undermining their control over the administration of those elections. Specifically, the measure authorizes appropriation of grants to the states to take important and time-sensitive actions, including:
- Replacing insecure paperless voting systems with new equipment that will process a paper ballot;
- Implementing post-election audits of paper ballots or records to verify electronic tallies;
- Conducting “cyber hygiene” scans and “risk and vulnerability” assessments and supporting state efforts to remediate identified vulnerabilities
You can download the full letter here: https://icitech.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/National_Security_Officials_Letter_in_Support_of_the_Secure_Elections_Act.pdf