Iowa Increasing Cybersecurity Precautions With Elections Drawing Near

As part of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the State of Iowa is focusing on potential threats to the online integrity of upcoming elections.

Given the increasing importance of electronic information and a reliance on data being stored “in the cloud,” Iowa’s Chief Information Security Officer Shane Dwyer says the state is bolstering cybersecurity across all platforms. This includes investing in intrusion-detection systems, firewalls, 24-7 monitoring devices, and better communication with election officials statewide…

Absentee voting and casting a ballot early by mail are options in Iowa, but you can’t vote or register to vote online.

While the integrity of election-related information is critical, Dwyer says cybersecurity goes beyond election season. He cautions people to be careful with their personal information – no matter what they are doing online. He adds local governments need to take the lead…

Online awareness is also increasingly important as the holidays near. Officials have warned people to be on the alert for cyber scams as they use credit cards and personal information to shop online.

(credit to Iowa News Service)


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