Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) has called on the White HouseÂ to implement several actions as part of efforts to protect federal elections from hacking and other cyber attacks by foreign governments.
Wyden told ArmyÂ Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, national security adviser to President Donald Trump, in a letter published Tuesday that the executive branch should appoint and direct a senior official at the White House to update Congress on cyber threats, mitigation initiatives and challenges to implementation of such efforts.
He called on McMaster to authorize the Department of Homeland Security and the National Institute of Standards and Technology to establish a framework and publish âscorecardsâ designed to evaluate statesâ cybersecurity measures for elections on an annual basis.
The executive branch should also require DHS to consider political campaigns as part of the countryâs critical infrastructure to help streamline the delivery of cyber assistance to such campaigns in the event of a cyber attack.
The Secret Service should be directed to help presidential candidates and their campaigns ensure the security of text, voice and email communications, Wyden noted.
Wyden wrote that he plans to propose a bill that would direct election authorities to carry out ârisk-limiting auditsâ of election results in a move to protect federal elections from cyber attacks.