II. Federal-State Updates
Jeanette Manfra, head of the cybersecurity department at the Department of Homeland Security has told NBC News that operatives working on behalf of the Russian government successfully penetrated the voter registration rolls of several U.S. states prior to the 2016 election. While NBC News labeled the report “Breaking” this does not appear to be anything new than what had previously been reported other than an official from the new Administration is going on the record.
In the report, former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said he is concerned about the 2018 election because state’s seem to have done little to beef up their cybersecurity. Manfra disputed that claim saying “I would say they have all taken it seriously.”
Also this week, NBC News released an NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll that said 55 percent of Americans are not confident that the federal government is doing enough to prevent foreign interference in our elections. Additionally, 57 percent of Americans think it's likely that Russia will try to influence this year's midterms.