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With Election Cybersecurity Experts in Short Supply, Some States Call In the National Guard


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A National Guardsman helps a man with cybersecurity.

Some U.S. states are asking the National Guard to provide cybersecurity experts to fortify their voting systems ahead of the general election in November.

Credit: NBC News

Some U.S. states are asking the National Guard to dispatch cybersecurity experts to fortify their voting systems ahead of the general election in November.

Such aid is particularly critical in rural areas and small jurisdictions that may lack specialists, which are deemed most susceptible to hackers.

Some fear hackers could invalidate the 2020 election by attacking Internet-connected sites that play crucial roles in the electoral process.

The North Carolina National Guard's Cyber Security Response Force has assessed cybersecurity in more than 30 counties in the state, and responded to 35 hacks since 2018.

The National Guard's George R. Haynes said more guardsmen have been trained as cyberspecialists as the U.S. Department of Defense has increased its cybertraining.

From NBC News
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