Not Picking On Texas... But What Did He Just Say?
Of course as we move closer to the midterm elections you hear more and more reports about what is being done by various county officials to ensure that the election process is fair and not tampered with. I have been a skeptic because I know how difficult it is to secure an organization on a tight budget and typically county governments are strained with resources to combat many sophisticated cyber attacks. Although I have respect and confidence in the federal government, I have a difficult time believing that all controls they may recommend will be able to be implemented in time for this election.
So when I read a quote like this from Judge Clay Jenkins here in Dallas County that says the additional security measures are “looking at people who try to send suspicious emails, do phishing, penetrate and looking at those and looking at our and just looking at the overall security of the system,” Jenkins said. “I’m not concerned about the security of your vote here in Dallas County because we don’t put our election machines on the internet ever.”
The second statement, that Dallas County, does not put it’s election machines on the internet is great. However, that first statement doesn’t really provide me any comfort. It appears that Judge Jenkins doesn’t really grasp what is being done to specifically address the threat.
We are at an interesting time in our democracy, but I have confidence we will rise to the challenge.