CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate has announced the formation of a group to help protect the security of the state’s election systems.
Pate said Friday that the Iowa Election Cybersecurity Working Group will include the federal and Iowa Departments of Homeland Security, U.S. Elections Assistance Commission, Iowa National Guard, county auditors and information technology specialists and other entities. The group will provide recommendations to Pate’s office for protecting Iowa’s elections systems.
The announcement, made during a training session for Iowa election officials in Cedar Rapids, comes in the wake of the federal government’s disclosure in September that election systems in at least 21 states were targeted by hackers before the 2016 presidential election.
Pate says there have been no unauthorized intrusions into Iowa’s elections systems.
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