Huntsville, TN (2018-06-12) A new partnership with a national security firm will provide additional protection to the Scott County election process in August.
Scott County Administrator of Elections Gabe Krahn and the Scott County Election Commission announced Tuesday that Scott County elections are now better protected thanks to a new partnership with the Elections Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EI-ISAC).
EI-ISAC, which is a part of Center for Internet Security, Inc. (CIS), offers elections-focused cyber defense tools, including threat and vulnerability monitoring, incident response and remediation and tools for implementing security best practices.
“This new way to quickly share information with our local, state and national counterparts offers us the latest information about known or potential threats,” Krahn said. “I’m proud this new layer of protection doesn’t cost our county one penny,” she added.
Scott County election officials made the decision after a recommendation from the Division of Elections which is a part of the Tennessee Secretary of State’s office.
“Government entities are targeted by cyber threats every day. Disrupting elections is certainly a goal of people who want to threaten the very foundation of our form of government. This level of information sharing will help ensure threats are not only contained but quickly thwarted,” Secretary of State Tre Hargett said.
EI-ISAC offers routine threat alerts while also allowing various entities to share best practices on cybersecurity and cyber hygiene with other jurisdictions nationally across every branch of government.
More information is available online at cisecurity.org/ei-isac/