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State Hosts 'Schools' To Educate Election Candidates About Cybersecurity

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Secretary of State Connie Lawson talks to election candidates about cybersecurity at a 'Candidate School' in Terre Haute on Sept. 20. (Zach Herndon, WFIU/WTIU News)

Indiana’s Secretary of State kicked off the first of several informational sessions Thursday in Vigo County that detail ways campaigns can protect themselves from cyberattacks.

The educational meetings take place each election cycle for candidates and look at campaign finance laws and disclaimer requirements.

But Secretary of State Connie Lawson says the cybersecurity component is new this year.

"Today we’re focusing on the campaign security because we know in the past certain campaigns have been hacked," Lawson says. "For an example, just recently Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri found out that she had some unfriendly traffic on her campaign site."

Lawson says the state has also been working to ensure the statewide voter registration system is secure.  She says the Department of Homeland Security does a “cyber hygiene test” every other week. And she says county employees are using two-factor authentication to get in the system.

Lawson also says voting machines are not connected to the internet as a precaution.

Only some machines allow voters to verify their vote was cast correctly with a paper back-up trail. Lawson says the goal is to ensure all Hoosier counties have paper backups for their voting machines by 2020. 

 

Upcoming 'Candidate Schools'

Candidates should RSVP to Nick Duffy at nduffy@sos.in.gov

 

Jeffersonville

Friday, Sept. 21 from 1-2 p.m.

Jeffersonville Township Public Library

211 E. Court Ave, South Meeting Room

 

Fort Wayne

Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m

Allen Co. Public Library 

900 Library Plaza, Ft. Wayne, Meeting Room B

 

Elkhart

Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Elkhart County Public Library

300 S. Second Street, Meetings Rooms 5 & 6

 

Valparaiso

Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 9-10 a.m. (CDT)

Valparaiso Public Library

130 Jefferson St, Library Meeting Room

 

Lafayette

Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 1-2 p.m.

Tippecanoe County Public Library

627 South St., McAllister Room B

 

Indianapolis

Thursday, Sept. 27 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Indiana Government Center South

302 W Washington St, Conference 19

 

Online webinar

Thursday, Sept. 21 from 1-2 p.m.

Accessible online at this link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2000838877129579523.

Interested participants can also dial in by calling 1 (786) 535-3211 and using access code 606-103-717.

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