Washington, DC - "We’re going to take strong action to secure our election systems and the process." ~ President Donald J. Trump
COMMITTED TO PROTECTING OUR ELECTIONS: President Donald J. Trump is committed to protecting our Nation’s elections from foreign interference.
- President Trump has made clear that his Administration will not tolerate foreign interference in our elections from any nation state or other malicious actor.
- President Trump chaired National Security Council meetings on May 3 and July 27 to receive updates on and discuss the whole-of-government approach to election security being implemented at his direction.
- This whole-of-government approach was put in motion at the beginning of the Administration to support State and local election officials across the country.
- President Trump’s meetings have addressed:
- The threats posed to our elections by foreign actors.
- Efforts underway to provide cybersecurity assistance to State and local authorities.
- Actions to investigate, prosecute, and hold accountable those who attempt to interfere in our electoral processes.
STRENGTHENING ELECTION SECURITY: The Trump Administration is helping State and local authorities bolster their defenses against cyber operations targeting our elections.
- The Trump Administration is working to provide State and local authorities with the support they need to defend against attempts to interfere in our elections.
- The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is working with all 50 States, local governments, and the private sector to strengthen election security.
- DHS is sharing information across all levels of government to ensure a coordinated response to any election interference attempt.
- The Administration provided on-site cybersecurity support to States during the 2017 elections.
- A new pilot program was launched to enable State and local officials and the Election Assistance Commission to share information on Election Day and allow for rapid response.
- The Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation are working to investigate and disrupt any threats to our election systems and alert potential victims and targets.
- The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and DHS hosted classified briefings for election commissioners and State election officials from all 50 States.
- These briefings provided insight into what the intelligence community is doing to assist DHS ahead of 2018 and 2020 elections.
- ODNI held the first-ever Federal Election Table Top Exercise to improve information sharing.
- ODNI leads an interagency working group of cyber and counterintelligence experts focused on ongoing information sharing and integration of election security efforts.
- DHS recently held a National Cybersecurity Summit, bringing together stakeholders from Government, industry, and academia to advance cybersecurity.
- The summit served as a launching point for a number of DHS cybersecurity initiatives.
- DHS is launching a National Risk Management Center to coordinate Government and private sector risk management efforts to defend of our critical infrastructure.