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NY announces funding for election infrastructure security

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week announced funding to secure the state's elections infrastructure and protect against foreign interference.

The governor's 2019 budget includes $5 million for the County Boards of Elections to expand statewide election cybersecurity infrastructure through contracts for comprehensive, statewide cybersecurity risk assessments at every County Board of Elections, enhanced intrusion detection devices and managed security services. Statewide, uniform online technical training courses and security awareness programs will also be provided to all state and county election officials and staff prior to the midterm elections.

"We have been working diligently since the 2016 election to improve security at the State Board, including our statewide voter registration database and networks with our counties," State Board of Elections Co-Executive Director Todd D. Valentine said. "These additional services will ensure publicly facing applications and infrastructure for the county boards of elections will be more secure and better position the entire state elections system to respond to cyber incidents."

These investments follow the state's rollout of regional tabletop exercises with the Department of Homeland Security to help state and local stakeholders identify risks in election infrastructure and develop necessary steps to safeguard the voting process against a cyber attack.

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