Cybersecurity program will help protect Marshall County elections

Monday, June 18, 2018

Marshall County Administrator of Elections Andrew Robertson and the Marshall County Election Commission are pleased to announce Marshall 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,” Robertson said. “I’m proud this new layer of protection doesn’t cost our county one penny.”

Marshall 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/.