CISA Lead Chris Krebs: Election Security Stays as Top Priority After Shutdown

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Chris Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and 2019 Wash100 Award winner, said the newly-built agency will continue to work on election security as a top priority through 2020, Politico reported Wednesday.

CISA’s ongoing security efforts focus on future elections and protecting the U.S. supply chains, federal networks, industrial control systems and the education sector from cyber threats, Krebs told Politico. Threats from China also remain a concern, the director said. Krebs said CISA is working with the Government Coordinating Council to extend engagement for local and state governments and understand their cybersecurity requirements.


The agency needs to determine how to replace legacy election systems and promote cyber hygiene and information sharing across agencies for improved security. The Trump administration established CISA in late 2018 under the Department of Homeland Security to boost national security. However, Krebs noted DHS has yet to determine its sources of funding for the election security efforts.


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