May 7 ACS Event: Firewalling Democracy: Election Security as a National Security Issue

This looks like a great lineup (use the link to rsvp):

In January 2017, then-Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson designated election infrastructure as critical infrastructure – thereby making it a priority for cybersecurity assistance and protections that the federal government provides to both public and private entities. To some critics, Johnson’s designation was too little too late, –coming two months after the 2016 elections were hacked by Russians and manipulated by virtual troll farms. To others, it signaled unwelcome federal intervention in local election administration. As the 2018 midterm elections approach, the current administration says there are ongoing conversations about how agencies can counter election related cyber threats. Yet, NSA Director Admiral Michael Rogers recently testified that the NSA hasn’t been asked to counter Russian election interference or been granted new legal authorities to do so. What is – and what can – be done to protect our elections from foreign and other interference?

Welcome: Caroline Fredrickson, ACS President

Introduction: A.J. Bhadelia, Manager, Public Policy and Government Affairs, Google

Philippa (Pippa) Scarlett, (Moderator), former Deputy Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator at the White House and current ACS Board Member.
Joseph Lorenzo Hall, Chief Technologist, Center for Democracy and Technology
Tom Hicks, Commissioner, U.S. Election Assistance Commission
Laura Rosenberger, Senior Fellow and Director of the Alliance for Securing Democracy, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Associate Professor of Law, Stetson University College of Law

Lunch will be served at 12:00 and the program will begin at 12:30.



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