Trojans warn elections officials of Trojan horses
The University of Southern California on Tuesday launched what it says will be a 50-state series of workshops on cybersecurity to educate local election and campaign officials.
The first event in the school's Election Cybersecurity Initiative, funded by Google, was held in the Washington suburb of Columbia, Md.
Each program includes discussion, briefings and interactive exercises presented by educators, experts and elected officials from the area where the event is being held.
The initiative is in response to the campaign by Russian operatives during the 2016 election to hack into election and campaign computer systems and to conduct disinformation campaigns targeting candidates. A broad array of federal officials say there should be no doubt but that those efforts have become only more extensive and sophisticated in the run-up to this year's campaign — and now involve other countries.
Attendees at the sessions will learn how to protect their campaigns against disinformation and hacking threats, and how to prepare and manage a potential crisis.
"This is a complicated issue, but there are some easy steps that can mitigate immediate risks," said the project's managing director, Justin Griffin.
- Mueller stresses gravity of Russian meddling, but election security ... ›
- Congress agrees to $425 million for election security - The Fulcrum ›
- The 13 states where election security matters most - The Fulcrum ›
- Democracy Madness reaches the draw's final quarter - The Fulcrum ›
- Top seeds advance to 'Best of the Rest' Elite Eight - The Fulcrum ›
- Report warns that election hacking is still a major concern - The Fulcrum ›
- Top seeds squaring off for the 'best of the rest' title - The Fulcrum ›
- Test your election security smarts with this quiz - The Fulcrum ›
- Find the voter guide that's right for you - The Fulcrum ›
- Google expands election free security offerings - The Fulcrum ›