Kansas works to secure voter database

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas has partnered with federal agencies to try and ensure the security of the state’s voter database, as the FBI investigates security breaches in other states.

Kansas director of elections Bryan Caskey says he participated in a conference call last week with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and election officials from other states “about threats that had been collected at the national level concerning election systems.”

The Wichita Eagle reports that security breaches occurred earlier this summer in Arizona as well as in Illinois, when a hacker was able to see information on data about 200,000 registered voters. Both states has to temporarily shut down their voter systems in response to the breaches.

“We’re heavily invested in this and paying attention,” Caskey said.

According to Caskey, Kansas uses the same software vendor as Arizona for its voter database, but it has at least one significant layer of security above what Arizona has.

“I’m concerned about it (the hacks) because I’m concerned about everything all the time, but I’m not any more concerned than normal, because I think that we take security very seriously,” Caskey said. “We’re participating with the feds, we’re reviewing everything, we’re using state IT resources to help check for vulnerabilities.”



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