Election Security: Recovering from 2016, Looking Toward 2020
July 17, 2020
Months away from another presidential election, many wonder whether the United States has the protections and processes in place to secure its most important elections. Research shows 2016 was a wake-up call of sorts, prompting federal, state, and local officials to work together.
Cisco Talos researchers began a long-term investigation into election security issues following the 2016 breach of the Democratic National Committee’s servers. Four years of research are summarized in a new report, which encompasses the elements of US election infrastructure, the complex role of political theory, the progress made since 2016, and the work that still needs to be done to protect elections.