On Wednesday Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the State Board of Elections—in concert with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security—will host a first-of-its-kind series of tabletop exercises focused on protecting the integrity of New York’s electoral systems against cyber-attacks.
Partnering with the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, State Police, and State Intelligence Center, the tabletop exercises will identify areas for improvement in cyber incident planning, preparedness, and response through simulation of realistic scenarios attempting to undermine voter confidence, interfere with voting operations, and affect the integrity of elections.
Chautauqua County Board of Elections commissioners Brian Abram and Norm Green, along with Chautauqua County Information and Technology Director Jon DeAngelo, will be attending one of the exercises, scheduled for June 6 in Monroe County.
Others are also scheduled at other locations across the state throughout the month of June.
According to the county board of elections, the county has been working directly with the FBI, state Police and state Board of Elections continuously since 2016 to protect county voter records, election night result postings and the actual election results.