Policy Brief - Defending Digital Democracy

Final Week Cybersecurity Considerations: Top Takeaways

October 2020

This election has already faced threats from cyber adversaries seeking to influence its outcome. The joint CISA-FBI alert confirming Russian state-sponsored activity targeting government networks on October 22 builds on other advisories around potential cyberattacks on election systems ahead of the election, including advisories of DDOS attacks against election infrastructure.

Making unplanned or last-minute changes ahead of election day can introduce serious risks, especially given the short window to test changes. Here are some considerations as you work to address and prepare to counter potential cyber threats.

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For Academic Citation:Final Week Cybersecurity Considerations: Top Takeaways.” Policy Brief, Defending Digital Democracy, October 2020.