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Connecticut beefing up election cybersecurity infrastructure

September 24, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — State officials have unveiled a plan to strengthen Connecticut’s election cybersecurity infrastructure.

Democratic Secretary of the State Denise Merrill on Monday said the new blueprint focuses on procuring additional voter equipment and upgrading local hardware security. It also calls for assessing and addressing potential cyber vulnerabilities, enhancing post-election audits, improving voter registration systems and increasing and enhancing training of local election officials.

Additionally, there are plans to hire a full-time election cybersecurity consultant, fund regional election monitors and support the University of Connecticut Center for Voting Technology Research.

The cost of the stepped-up efforts will be covered by a $5.1 million federal grant Connecticut received earlier this year.

Merrill worked with a wide-ranging task force, which included U.S. Department of Homeland Security representatives, to decide how to spend the money.

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