The 2020 Election Cycle is just a few months away and cybersecurity is on everyone’s minds, including your Supervisor of Elections and staff. There has been extensive media coverage, and speculation concerning how prepared Florida might be leading into the 2020 election season. This office is committed to continually and consistently monitoring its network databases and computer systems to ensure secure elections for Taylor County.
In January of 2017, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) designated elections systems as part of this country’s Critical Infrastructure (CI). The term election systems is used to describe the physical and cyber systems, as well as assets so vital to the United States that disabling or destroying them would have a debilitating impact on our physical, economic, or public health safety. Since then, our office and elections offices across the state of Florida have taken extraordinary steps to prevent cyber or physical intrusions. Taylor County installed an advance intrusion detection and blocking system prior to the 2018 elections as part of our partnership with the Center for Internet Security (CIS). The CIS provided all counties within the state an additional layer of cybersecurity known as the ALBERT server. Taylor County was able to secure the ALBERT server with grant funds from the Help America Vote Act (HAVA). The ALBERT server is an intrusion detection tool monitored by the CIS. This monitoring occurs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The CIS will report any suspicious activity immediately. In addition to the ALBERT server, in 2018 we received HAVA funds to enhance other areas of security within your elections office. These funds, which totaled over $64,000, were used to enhance the physical security of our new office location as well as reinforce our cybersecurity. Our partnerships with CIS, FBI, FDLE, Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), Election Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EI-ISAC), and our relationship with the Florida Department of State, assures the voters in Taylor County and across the state that their vote is secure and counted.
As your Supervisor of Elections, I will continue to take every step possible to ensure you can trust the policies and procedures being conducted in your elections office. Thank you for allowing me to serve, I am deeply humbled by the responsibility you have entrusted in me to ensure the integrity of the electoral process.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have a question, comment, or complaint regarding your voter registration or voting experience. My office is located at 433 U S 19 N, Perry, and my door is always open. Please feel free to call, email or stop by any time.
With kind regards,
Supervisor of Elections