SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) While the final ballots are cast on Election Night, a team of cybersecurity experts watches for threats to the voting process.
Threats coming in are higher than a traditional day, according to experts who believe they’ll reach approximately 600 million hack attempts.
State leaders admit it’s part of the new normal and they must stay on top of things in the capitol’s Cyber Center. It launched approximately three months ago, consolidating services in one location.
Whether hackers want to influence the elections or just cause some mischief, more than 20 people kept a close eye on cyber threats coming into the state.
State officials said outside influence is a real problem in Utah. Prior to the election, the state worked closely with Homeland Security to test the systems for vulnerabilities.
There isn’t much a concern over hackers getting into voting machines and changing the outcome because they’re not connected to the internet. However, other things are, including the voter registration database.
“It does cause us a lot of grief. To be honest, it costs us a lot of money to thwart and block at the front door. It does make me feel great that we have a great team at the State of Utah protecting the state systems,” State of Utah Chief Information Officer Mike Hussey said
The crew will be in the Cyber Center until the last ballot is reported into the state database.
No election security issues have been reported.