This wouldn’t essentially let intruders compromise the voting course of. The Cyber Menace Alliance’s J. Michael Daniel informed the WSJ that it will be “actually laborious to do” digital vote manipulation at a significant stage. Nevertheless, ransomware and different phishing-based campaigns might make it tough for election directors to do their job, and would possibly solid doubt on the outcomes even when the voting infrastructure is protected.
This might nonetheless be an enchancment over safety ranges in previous years. Nevertheless, this nonetheless leaves many officers vulnerable. Russia and different international locations have been reportedly attempting to phish high-profile targets in 2018 — it’s tough to rule out comparable campaigns in 2020, significantly in opposition to election employees who don’t have the identical assets to guard themselves. It could be a protracted whereas earlier than electronic mail safety is persistently sturdy.