Denver’s Elections Director and Chief Information Officer Participate in National Elections Cybersecurity Discussion

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Partnership is key to delivering secure elections

Washington, D.C. (October 4, 2017) – Denver’s Director of Elections Amber McReynolds and Chief Information Officer Scott Cardenas emphasized the importance of incorporating IT professionals into the elections process in today’s current threat environment during a roundtable at the United States Election Assistance Commission (EAC) Wednesday.

The Denver Elections Division (DED) and the Denver Department of Technology Services have collaborated over the years to ensure secure elections by using a coordinated strategy that includes training, communication and shared resources.

“Ensuring our elections are secure is about commitment, collaboration, coordination, and communication. Our partnership with the Department of Technology Services is key in delivering successful elections in Denver,” McReynolds said. “Precise and timely information is critical and the process we have built enables us to respond and adjust quickly. It is a pleasure to share our experience in the hope that it assists other election offices across the country with their plans.”

In addition to providing security trainings and regular penetration testing of the systems at Denver Elections, Technology Services also has a dedicated project manager and staff detailed to the DED in the run up to and on election day.

“Elections are one of the most important business operations a city government conducts, and planning for the security of elections is a year-round exercise for us,” Cardenas said. “Technology works best when you have a great business partner, like our Elections Division. Together, we are continually looking at ways we can mature and improve the voting experience through better technology, processes, and pre-election day education and dialogue – an effort that includes our entire IT team.”

EAC Chairman Matthew Masterson said, “Cybersecurity is one of the most important challenges facing state and local election officials. The partnership between Denver’s election and IT offices provides an excellent model for other jurisdictions that are still fine-tuning their approach to dealing with today’s threat environment. We were pleased to have Amber and Scott join us for this important discussion.”

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