In the Field: NASS/NASED Winter 2018
If you were a fellow attendee at the annual National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) and National Association of State Election Directors (NASED) conference in Washington, DC, then you know that few conversations or sessions didn’t include the hottest topic around - cybersecurity. It was such an important topic that this NASED was one of the highest attended in recent years, with 43 states and three territories in attendance.
Standing-room only sessions featured speakers from security-focused groups including Department of Homeland Security, the Belfer Center at Harvard Kennedy School, and Center of Internet Security. Participants discussed best-practices and ways that counties and states can improve their processes and policies to ensure proper security.
Specific tools and developments that we learned more about included the wealth of resources offered by the Multi-State Information Sharing & Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), as well as the latest progress by the NASS Election Cybersecurity Task Force.
As election vendors, we prioritize cybersecurity and protocol in all that we do. And we love to share the lessons we’ve learned over the last 20 years of leading the world in security. For example, we invite you to download our checklist to help election administrators assess their voter registration system’s vulnerability.
Another highlight of the conference was seeing Robert Giles, Election Director for the State of New Jersey, being sworn-in as president of NASED. We’ve worked in partnership with Mr. Giles and the State of NJ for the past several years on a complete rewrite and modernization of the New Jersey Statewide Voter Registration System. He is a dedicated election professional focused on security and efficiency for both the state’s voters and the county election administrators (all of whom are great to work with- clearly they’ve learned by example!). We have no doubt he’ll be an excellent leader for NASED as we approach midterm elections.
We look forward to attending the NASS and NASED summer conference in July, and will be curious to see how cybersecurity may mature over even just the next few months. If you would like to continue the conversation before then or have any questions at all, please reach out today!