Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) and Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, have asked the Department of Homeland SecurityÂ to address a possible funding shortfall facing the Election Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis CenterÂ and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center.
The Senate Democrats said in a statement Tuesday the New York-based Center for Internet Security runs both centers. MS-ISAC helps prevent, identify and respond to cyber attacks against critical infrastructure, while EI-ISAC offers cyber defense platforms to election systems professionals to help them counter foreign interference-related threats.
The lawmakers sent a letter to Christopher Krebs, director of DHSâ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and a 2019 Wash100 award winner, saying that CIS helps state, local, territorial and tribalÂ entities defend their systems from cyber threats through its two centers.
The senators said they found that the departmentâs fiscal year 2020 budget proposal covers less than 70 percent of the required funding to operate the two ISACs at current levels.
âWith the recent surge of ransomware attacks and 2020 elections fast approaching, we cannot afford to curtail support to SLTT entities and election administrators when they need it most,â the senators wrote. âWe hope that you will work with us to address this urgent concern and ensure that DHS provides MS-ISAC and EI-ISAC the resources necessary to continue their important mission.â