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The Cyberlaw Podcast — Election Cybersecurity Panel with Chris Krebs and Ed Felten

Posted in Security Programs & Policies

191: Election security may be better than you think.  Unless you live in New Jersey.

Episode 191 is our long-awaited election security podcast before a live, and lively, audience.  Our panel consists of Chris Krebs, formerly of Microsoft and now the top cybersecurity official at DHS (with the longest title in the federal government as proof), and Ed Felten, formerly the deputy CTO of the federal government and currently Princeton professor focused on cybersecurity and policy.  We walk through the many stages of election machinery and the many ways that digitizing those stages has introduced new insecurities into our election results.

When all is said and done, however, the entire panel ends up more or less in one place:  Election security is not to be taken for granted; it will be hard to achieve, but it’s not impossible, or even unaffordable.  With sufficient will and focus, and perhaps a touch of Ned Ludd, we may be able to overcome the risk of foreign hackers interfering in our elections.  At least outside of New Jersey.

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Steptoe partner Stewart Baker with Ed Felten (left) and Chris Krebs (right)