The Cybersecurity 202: Voter confidence is the biggest election …


Matt Masterson, senior cybersecurity advisor for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, National Protection Programs Directorate, in his Arlington, Va., office. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

A top cybersecurity official at the Department of Homeland Security says the biggest election security challenge going into the midterms isn’t a technical one. It’s convincing voters that their ballots are secure.

“To me the No. 1 threat is around public confidence in the process,” said Matt Masterson, who coordinates a range of DHS election security efforts as senior cybersecurity adviser within the department’s National Protection and Programs Directorate. “How are we talking about this? How are we educating the public so they have confidence in the process and will show up and vote? Because the best response to any attempts to undermine confidence in the process is to vote.” 

Now that voters know that nation-states such as Russia want to disrupt

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