How Secure Are Our Elections?
Confidence in our election process is critical to the health of our democracy. While the headlines cause concern, there is tremendous work being done to secure our voting and election systems.
In this NTC AdvoTECH program, we're partering with Think Tennessee to hear from FBI experts who will detail the threats and the efforts to defend our election systems.
Dennis J. Kamph - Supervisory Special Agent, Cyber Division, Foreign Influence Task Force/MCCU of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI):
This presentation will discuss a brief history of influence operations, an influence campaign example, and current work being done at the Federal government level to combat the threat. Closing the discussion will include local examples relevant to Tennessee as well as a discussion of indicators tied to cyber influence activity.
Foreign influence operations directed at elections consist of a wide range of activities generally intended to affect the behavior of public officials or candidates, voters, and a country's population as a whole. The foreign government's specific influence activities may vary from operation to operation, and have included the funding of campaigns or candidates through straw donors, social media activity, state media activity, cyber activity, and diplomatic activity. Analysis of previous influence operations directed at elections provides the FBI with a set of indicators to use in identifying likely influence operations directed at US elections.
Shanna Singh Hughey: President of ThinkTennessee:
Our enemies don’t just want to interfere with our elections, they want to undermine our democracy. Their goal is to shake our confidence in the legitimacy of our leaders and institutions. There’s some evidence to suggest it’s impacting our elections. To state the obvious: People are far more likely to vote if they think their vote matters. The good news is, local election officials are leading the way to secure our elections through paper trails and leaders on both sides of the aisle recognize the importance of securing our elections.