Less than 24 hours until the midterm elections, National Guard cyber units are prepared to assist several states in protecting their electoral systems.
The National Guard Bureau informed Politico on Friday that the following states had requested assistance from some of the Guard’s cybersecurity units for the midterm elections: Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Louisiana, North Carolina, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, and West Virginia.
According to reports, this action is a part of a nationwide initiative to ensure the security of elections, particularly in several of these battleground states where parliamentary seats are hotly fought.
The National Guard reportedly has 38 cyber units, and these units have already been employed in connection with elections, according to Politico.
Earlier this year, numerous states used the National Guard’s cyber soldiers for some of the primaries.
In view of the forthcoming midterm elections, some National Guard leaders have issued warnings about the risks of cyberattacks.
#Cybersecurity units from the @NationalGuard will be activated in 14 states to help counter any threats to election officials’ networks ahead of, during, and after the #Midterms2022, according to reports. https://t.co/DlBGF8EG5R
— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) November 7, 2022
Brig. Gen. Gent Welsh of the Washington state Air National Guard reportedly told Politico that the National Guard’s cooperation might be crucial in assisting states in protecting themselves from cyberattacks.
“You don’t train people in corporations and the state public sectors to do this kind of work. One of the unique things here is you have the National Guard whose mission it is in a lot of cases to do cyber missions against other military structures,” according to Welsh.
According to StateScoop, a technology news website that specializes in state government operations, Air Force Maj. Gen. Rich Neely, the commander of the Illinois National Guard, also issued a warning about the risks posed by cyberattacks.
“Cyber’s that new domain. It’s a man-made domain. Our goal is to make sure we have as secure elections as possible. We are at the really beginning stages of this,” according to Neely.
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Politico also reported that these National Guard cyber units will be coordinating with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, which is under the Department of Homeland Security.
However, the news that the National Guard will be helping safeguard the elections had speculation and questions buzzing on social media.
Some have even gone so far as to theorize that there is foul play afoot. CONTINUE READING…