Election-system sensor deployment continues ahead of midterms

The number of open source Albert sensors deployed on election systems continues to grow ahead of the November midterms, according to a count provided by the Department of Homeland Security.

“We currently have 87 sensors actively supporting election infrastructure at the state and county levels,” a DHS official told GCN.

The intrusion detection sensors, created by the Center for Internet Security, identify suspicious IP addresses and known malware signatures and alert the Security Operations Center at the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) in New York if anomalies are detected.

These sensors are spread across 36 states, with “six more sensors are scheduled to be activated soon,” the official said.

The DHS declined to provide a breakdown of where these sensors were at the state and local level.  However a CIS official told GCN in March that the organization hoped  to have sensors in all 50 state election systems by the end of the summer.

Earlier this month, when the sensor count was at 74, Reuters reported that the states without sensors installed “have either opted for another solution, are planning to do so shortly or have refused the offer because of concerns about federal government overreach.”

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