Doug Bedell — January 20, 2020, 11:08 am

Getting Ready: FBI Gears Up for the 2020 Presidential Election


The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is getting ready for another presidential election season, with security concerns foremost in mind. Danny Bradbury on the Naked Security blog reports that “This year is shaping up to be the most challenging yet when it comes to election security. In 2020, cyberattacks against the US election will be more sophisticated than they were in the run-up to the 2016 vote.

“It’s probably a good idea, then, for the FBI to warn local and state election officials of hacking attempts, and last week, it announced just that.”

The “fragmented nature of the U.S. election system” makes that a tough challenge, but the FBI is on to it. It advises that “The FBI’s interactions regarding election security matters must respect both state and local authorities. Thus, the FBI’s new policy mandates the notification of a chief state election official and local election officials of cyber threats to local election infrastructure.”

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