WHY WE INVESTED
The vast majority of the ~8,800 elections jurisdictions are small counties. In these small counties, human resources for IT systems are shared amongst other county functions or, in many cases, consist solely of part-time contracted resources. Given these limitations, procurement practices are a pain point with regard to cybersecurity, and elections departments can struggle to choose a quality independent assessor.
With the help of our grant, CIS seeks to create a companion guide to A Handbook for Elections Infrastructure Security to help election officials ensure cybersecurity is adequately addressed in IT procurement activities. CIS will also seeks to develop a training program for independent assessors and self-assessors to help election officials implement risk mitigation plans.