OREGON — Ogle County Clerk, Laura J. Cook and Election Deputy Becky Duke recently attended a two-day conference on “Election Cybersecurity” presented by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and U.S. Department of Homeland Security and hosted by the Illinois Association of County Clerks and Recorders.
There were 67 of the state’s 108 local election authorities at this conference. Presentations were made by officials from the FBI, Illinois State Police, Illinois State Board of Elections, Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology, Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) and Elections Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EI-ISAC) which outlined resources available to local officials for assessing and enhancing local election systems.
“We learned that you cannot be 100 percent protected, but you need to be proactive. With the help of the various agencies, we are able to protect the integrity of the elections and the democratic process,” Cook said.