The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released its “Protecting U.S. Elections: A CISA Cybersecurity Toolkit,” a one-stop catalog of free services and tools available for state and local election officials to improve the cybersecurity and resilience of their infrastructure.
This toolkit was developed through CISA’s Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative (JCDC), which worked with private and public sector organizations, including in the election community, and JCDC alliance members, to compile these free resources. The toolkit is organized into broad categories designed to help election officials:
Assess their risk using an Election Security Risk Profile Tool developed by CISA and the U.S. Election Assistance Commission;
Find tools related to protecting voter information, websites, email systems, and networks; and
Protect assets against phishing, ransomware, and distributed denial-of-services (DDoS) attacks.
“I am very proud to announce another valuable resource that can help officials further reduce their cyber risk and improve their security posture,” said CISA Director Jen Easterly. “Each day, state and local election officials confront threats to their infrastructure from foreign interference, nefarious actors, insider threats, and others. This is one more resource to help them in their ongoing efforts to ensure American elections remain secure and resilient.”
In addition, CISA’s website lists a number of resources and guidance on everything from cybersecurity to physical security for polling sites and election officials to combat mis-, dis-, and malinformation, share timely and actionable information and intelligence, and provide cybersecurity services, technical assistance, and guidance.