Montgomery County to evaluate cyber security ahead of next election

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Amid national concerns over election hacking, the Ohio Secretary of State’s office is ordering local Board of Election offices to review its cyber security measures.

Montgomery County Board of Elections director Jan Kelley said although there’s never been any issues locally with cyber security or hacking – it’s all about being proactive.

“Cyber security is on everybody’s mind, both locally, statewide, and nationally,” Kelly said. 

The Secretary of State’s office funding the review, budgeting $30,000 for each of Ohio’s counties to review their Election Board’s IT infrastructure, test the system, and patch up any vulnerabilities.

Kelly noted local election equipment is never online, which is one way the county avoids any hacking or electronic attacks.

“We’re not connected to the internet, by law, in any manner whatsoever,” Kelly said. “All of our data is transported on a dedicated server to the Secretary of State on flash drives that are only used, one time, on election night.”

Despite its clean record, Kelly said the board will use this opportunity and funding to review the voting system and tighten any loose ends.

“Currently working with our data processing department here at the county as well as our own in-house IT department on different issues related to cyber security, tightening everything up and making sure we can do what we can do to lessen any chances of cyber security hacks,” she said.

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