Election Integrity in the Digital Age: Election Cybersecurity Challenges in the US and Elsewhere

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While aspects of the Russia investigation are ongoing, it is now well known and agreed upon by the US intelligence community that overseas hackers succeeded in accessing critical data to influence the 2016 US presidential elections. This has raised serious and unprecedented concerns for American national security and democracy.

What are the new cybersecurity threats to the integrity of elections (in the US and around the world), posed by the digital age?

In light of the imminent midterm elections, this panel brought together a wide range of deep expertise across sectors to investigate this critical question. Panelists reflected on:

  • What are the top cybersecurity concerns related to elections in the US (at the national and state levels)?
  • What are the top cybersecurity concerns related to elections in other countries?
  • What are promising ways to address and anticipate these challenges?
  • What examples from other countries of good election integrity/data protection practices might help address challenges here in the US?

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  • Juliet Okafor, J.D.– SVP, Global Security Solutions, Fortress Information Security
  • Katherine Ellena-Legal Advisor at The International Foundation for Electoral Systems
  • Spencer Beall- Administrative Law Fellow at The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), Georgetown University
  • Matt Webster – Founder and CEO of Hillcyber
  • Peter Fatelnig – Counselor for Digital Economy, Delegation of the EU to the US (invited)


  • Deyanira Murga – Executive Director at Cerberus Consulting
  • Chantal De Jonge Oudraat– President at Women In International Security (WIIS)

A networking reception with drinks and hors-d’oeuvres immediately followed.

This event was co-organized by Women in International Security, Sponsored by Cerberus Consulting and the Open Gov Hub (as part of the ongoing Defending Democracy Series).