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University of Maryland Global Campus(UMGC Summer 2021)Public-private Partnerships for Election Systems CybersecurityNoubiengang, Afombi BorisCyber Security in Government OrganizationsCSIA 6380ProfessorMc Clintock, DorothyDue on 07/06 /2021
IntroductionChristopher Kreps, the former director of the Department of Homeland Security cybersecurityand infrastructure Agency ( CISA)made national headlines in the aftermaths of the 2020elections after publicly declaring that the elections were the safest in American history. He wentfurther to say, “ we are only here because of the hard work of state and local election officialsand private sector partners who have focused efforts on enhancing the security and resiliency ofelections.” ( Christopher Krebs, January 2021).Public private relationships can be defined aslong term contracts between a private party and a government entity, for providing a public assetor service, in which the private party bears significant risk and management responsibility, andremuneration is linked to performance. ( world bank 2021). These types of partnerships arebecoming more and more important in the UnitedStates especially in the area of electionsecurity. The United States is supposed to be the most powerful and most advanced country inthe world, yet in 2016, Russian hackerswere able to interfere with our election process throughsocial media manipulations, theft, anddissemination of democratic party emails. WikiLeaks wasthus email to release damaging emailsabout Hilary Clinton, in what some argue was the turningpoint in the elections which was eventually won by former President Trump. The question to askhere is how any of was this possible. We are the United States, home of the NSA, the largestspying agency in the world, Home ofthe CIA, the most advanced intelligence gathering agencyin the world, home of great companies like Facebook, Google and twitter used by millionsaround the world. How can our most secret national process ( the presidential election beinterfered with) The answerand solution to this question is what I will be attempting to providein this paper.In the United States federal agencies have the authority under article I section 8commonly known as the spending clause,of the constitution to provide federal grants to stateslocal governments and private institutions. ( EveryCRSReport March2017).The United states
election process is very complicated when it comes to presidential elections thus most lawsremain at the state level. From a cyber security viewpoint,Federal agencies like CISAcanprovide supporting services such as incidence response, information securitytrainingfor

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