Wyman would be a federal liaison to state and local officials as they look for resources and support to protect election infrastructure from hacking and voters from disinformation campaigns. She has experience to draw on: She spent nearly a decade as the elections director for Thurston County, 华盛顿州, before being elected secretary of state.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency declined to comment and Wyman’s office did not respond to a request for comment.
A spokesperson for the White House National Security Council referred questions to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.
在此期间 2020 选举, officials at the agency used a public website and an active Twitter account to debunk Trump’s false claims of widespread election fraud. The fact-checking prompted Trump to fire the agency’s then-director, Christopher Krebs, by tweet.
的 2020 election also saw suspected Iranian and Russian hackers access some voter registration data
, according to US officials
. But the activity did not affect the integrity of the vote
, 哪一个 election officials called
“the most secure in American history.
DHS ramped up its election security efforts after the 2016 选举, when Russian government-backed hackers probed state IT systems across the US and accessed voter registration data in Illinois. Krebs and his election-security lead, Matthew Masterson, won plaudits from state and local officials of both parties for forging closer cooperation after an atmosphere of mistrust in 2016.
Jen Easterly, the agency’s current director, has said it will continue its efforts to combat voting-related disinformation.
“We work with election officials of all parties
, and we have to be seen as supporting them and supporting the security of their elections
, and not to be seen as doing anything that may be interpreted as partisan
,” Easterly 告诉CNN
If officially named, Wyman will have her work cut out for her.
Since Trump’s defeat last November, election officials of both parties have faced a torrent of mis- and disinformation from Trump allies that election experts warn is a threat to US democracy. The FBI has in recent months stepped up its efforts to investigate the threats to state and local officials, CNN reported in September.
In a recent paper published by Stanford University, Masterson and other election security experts warned that the threats could prompt election officials to leave the profession when they are needed most.
“Influence agents are emboldened by
2020, while defenders of election integrity are under-resourced and uncoordinated
, leaving them vulnerable to repeated tactics
,” Ťhe paper reads