Ohio using National Guard cybersecurity team to protect elections

Ohio using National Guard cybersecurity team to protect elections

Ohio's secretary of state will use the National Guard’s cybersecurity team to bolster its election systems, The Associated Press is reporting.

Jon Husted, a Republican, will also take advantage of the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and private security experts to shore up election cybersecurity, according to the news service. The DHS announced this week that 46 states are taking the agency up on its offer to help. 

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Both Democrats and Republicans have expressed concerns that the elections may be hacked. Democrats say they fear Russia, a country implicated in hacking a number of political entities already this election season. Republicans who have accepted GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpOhio Republican who voted to impeach Trump says he won't seek reelection Youngkin breaks with Trump on whether Democrats will cheat in the Virginia governor's race Trump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race MORE’s allegations that the election is being "rigged" against him, meanwhile, say they fear Democrats are tilting the election in their favor. 

Husted has said in the past that election rigging, regardless of who is behind it, is a realistic threat. 

“Our institutions, like our election system, is one of the bedrocks of American democracy. We should not question it or the legitimacy of it. It works very well in places like Ohio. We make it easy to vote and hard to cheat,” he told CNN two weeks ago. 

Though cybersecurity experts have demonstrated it is possible to hack an individual voting machine, the devices usually must be hacked one at a time and in person. Many note it is unlikely for an attacker to affect a national election without an army of saboteurs.