The biggest concern for election security may be phishing
Outdated voting machines that are vulnerable to hacking are hardly the only cybersecurity concern for US election security officials. Earlier this week, the US Department of Homeland Security warned election officials across the country about the threat of phishing campaigns.
Threat actors are targeting election officials with seemingly legitimate emails containing malicious links. If an official interacts with such a link, their computer is likely to get compromised, which may ultimately enable attackers to access or manipulate election data systems. Because of this risk, Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate believes that phishing is the top election security concern in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election.