2017-12-26 18:36:29|The Center for Internet Security (CIS), a non-profit that defines itself as the go-to resource for cyber threat prevention, protection, response, and recovery for U.S. governmental entities, this year found itself in the middle of deciding if the American voting infrastructure is safe from being hacked.
The CIS was among several other organizations, including DEFCON, the National Governors Association, the Atlantic Council and numerous universities, that helped construct and issue a damning report in September based on the results of the DefCon Hacking Village where cyber professionals easily hacked into numerous voting machines. “This report makes one key point: our voting systems are not secure. Why is this so serious? Why must we act now? Why is this a national security issue? First, Russia has demonstrated successfully that they can use cyber tools against the US election process. This is not an academic theory; it is not hypothetical; it is real. This is a proven, credible threat. Russia is not going away,” said Douglas E. Lute, Former U.S. ambassador to NATO, retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General and cybersecurity expert, in the report's forward. Another spin off project has the CIS developing a handbook containing best practices for setting up an election infrastructure.