US Cybersecurity Head Expects Mistakes and Glitches During Midterm Elections

Jen Easterly, the head of U.S. cybersecurity, stated the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) “doesn’t really censor material.”

Voters can anticipate “typical” failures and problems, like burst water pipes, during the upcoming midterm elections.

“Typical” Failures Expected

Easterly, a Biden appointee, discussed the CISA’s role in safeguarding election equipment and the danger vector of disinformation and misrepresentation, one week before the midterm elections.

“I want to make it crystal clear what role CISA plays in this. We aren’t an intelligence agency.”

Throughout a speech to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a research institute in Washington, she stated, “We are not a law enforcement agency.”

“We do not collaborate with platforms on their content-related activities. That is absolutely up to them to decide. This is their service agreement. I’d also like to point out that we do not suppress information.”

“I want to be really transparent,” she emphasized. “We do not filter any content. What social media sites and news outlets do is absolutely up to them.”

Easterly stated the CISA was established inside the Department of Homeland Security in 2018 to “identify, manage, and decrease risk” to the essential cyber and physical infrastructure that Americans rely on daily. This comprises of infrastructure for elections.

The chief of cybersecurity advised voters to anticipate problems and malfunctions in the approaching midterm elections, which she claimed were typical. Accordingly, election organizers reportedly requested her to convey a message to Americans.

There will inevitably be mistakes. There will likely be errors. That occurs in each election. “This is why the system is designed with numerous layers of security protocols and resiliency,” she explained.

“These occurrences are inevitable. Someone will forget their polling location key, a water main will explode. These are everyday occurrences. They are not sinister,” she continued.

Easterly stated election workers are sometimes subject to physical coercion as a result of overseas bad actors spreading false information regarding election integrity.

While this creates misinformation and disinformation, a continuous problem for CISA, Easterly stated the organization did not observe any “reliable or detailed” intelligence regarding attempts to “interrupt or compromise” electoral infrastructure this year.

She stated, though, “foreign foes continue to attempt to stir divisiveness among some of the American people, undermine faith in the integrity of our elections, and inspire aggression against election workers.”

Easterly is Worried

“It’s a major issue when you consider the opponents who are trying to foment divisiveness and tear us apart, as well as Americans who are attempting to jeopardize you know, the legitimacy of our elections,” she added.

“We are quite worried,” she continued.

She added the federal government does not oversee elections, but rather state and local officials do. They “require protection.” She expressed confidence that CISA had “done every necessary thing to ensure the security and resilience of election equipment.”

This article appeared in The Patriot Brief and has been published here with permission.