FL Secretary of States discusses cyber security ahead of general election

TALLAHASSEE, FL (FNS) – The results of the August 28th primary elections were certified Thursday morning in the state capitol. Following the meeting of the Florida Elections Canvassing Commission, Secretary of State Ken Detzner told reporters he is confident that cyber security in the state’s voting system is where it needs to be ahead of the November general election.

Earlier this summer, nearly 20 million dollars of federal money was sent to the state to help with election security. Much of it was passed along to county election supervisors for such things as software security upgrades and improving the safety of buildings in which election equipment is stored or used. Secretary Detzner feels elections officials are doing everything they can to ensure there is no fraud in November.

"You have to be vigilant every day, when it comes to cyber security. Nobody is overconfident. We are working hard and making sure that all of our systems are working, from the hardware, the software, the personnel, said Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner.

Detzner says there were just a few minor glitches during last month’s primary election, as there always are. As a whole, he feels the process went very smoothly. Cyber security has gained increased focus this year, following revelations that the state’s voting systems were targeted by Russian hackers in 2016.

“We take elections security very seriously at the Department of State, and so do the supervisors. We have invested millions of dollars and many hours of time in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, the Agency for State Technology, and FDLE to make sure that our elections are safe and secure. We had a very good election. We had no problems with cyber security. I expect that to be the same in November," said Secretary of State Ken Detzner.

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