Denver Takes Home Cybersecurity Award for 2016 Elections

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The Center for Digital Government recognizes the City and County of Denver for its commitment to keeping confidential data secure

DENVER (October 21, 2017) – The City and County of Denver has been recognized for its commitment to providing a secure 2016 election, taking home first place in the City Government category of the Cybersecurity Leadership and Innovation Awards. In its 17th year, this award recognizes the commitment of state and local governments, as well as educational organizations, towards keeping confidential data secure, despite evolving threats.
“Elections are critical services for citizens and our reliance on technology has exponentially grown over the past 10 years,” said Amber McReynolds, Director of Elections for the City and County of Denver. “It is imperative we maintain voter confidence and deliver secure elections which requires commitment, collaboration, coordination and communication.”

2016 marked the first time the City and County of Denver and the Colorado Secretary of State worked together to share network traffic information, jointly utilizing tools provided by the Colorado Division of Homeland Security. This strong intergovernmental collaboration, alongside the pre-election validation of equipment and day-of monitoring, ensured that election integrity remained intact.

“I am incredibly proud of the team that comes together for every election – whether national or local,” said Scott Cardenas, Chief Information Officer for the City and County of Denver. “This award wouldn’t have been possible without the collaboration between city departments, and with state and federal partners. Because of this amazing team, we maintained voter confidence, saw an increase in total votes cast, and ensured the integrity of the election process.”

“Cybersecurity threats are on the rise, and as stewards of some of the public’s most important and sensitive data, it’s more critical than ever that we recognize the government, education and healthcare organizations that are raising the bar when it comes to the best ways to protect that information,” said Teri Takai, executive director of the Center for Digital Government

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