Experts point to states improving election security ahead of midterms

States have stepped up their cybersecurity protections ahead of the Nov. 6 midterms, but are still lacking in some areas, according to a report released Tuesday by cyber experts.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) found that 40 states have invested more than $75 million in improving election security since the 2016 elections.

Seventeen states are running security tests and adopting upgrades to improve their cybersecurity ahead of next month’s elections, according to the CSIS report.

Still, the group’s scorecard said the average grade for state election cybersecurity is a C-, and that states with toss-up Senate elections next month average an F for their security measures.

A panel of experts surveyed by CSIS agreed that Russia poses the greatest cyber threat to U.S. elections, after the country was determined to have successfully interfered in the 2016 election.

Eighty-one percent of the experts cited Russia as the preeminent cyber threat, with only

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