Pitt Cyber Forms Commission To Study Pennsylvania's Election Cybersercurity
The University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security announced the Blue Ribbon Commission on Pennsylvania’s Election Security, an independent, non-partisan commission studying Pennsylvania’s election cybersecurity. As a battleground state, and one with outdated election infrastructure, systems, and technologies, Pennsylvania is a prime target for hackers wishing to disrupt the US electoral process, said Pitt Cyber in a statement.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on the commission, noting it will conduct research on the state’s voting machines, tabulation and storage; security of voter registration, rolls and databases; and create an action plan for resiliency and recovery of the state electoral system if a potential breach occurs.
“We are setting an example around the world for democracy,” Pitt Cyber Founding Director David Hickton said to the Post-Gazette. “We can neither accept that [election meddling] is happening or explain it away by saying it’s too expensive or complicated to deal with.”
The commission will be co-chaired by Hickton and Grove City President Paul McNulty (a former U.S. deputy attorney general) and a collection of other commissioners with subject area expertise.
Hickton noted that Pennsylvania is one of 21 states that were targeted by Russian adversaries during the 2016 presidential election, per the Department of Homeland Security.