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'How it was all supposed to work'

The Election Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center is planning for a long day inside its fully staffed — but socially distanced and mask-wearing — "war room," where its incident-response, intelligence and engineering teams will be looking to respond to any disruptions to the country's voting systems. In an interview Monday, EI-ISAC Director Ben Spear told StateScoop the organization's members have been taking recent DHS advisories about malicious activity seriously. “This is how it was all supposed to work,” he said. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Partnerships matter more in a pandemic

In a year that's forced local governments to expand services rapidly, public-private partnerships have been especially helpful in easing the burden, several officials said during an online event Monday. Speaking at a Smart Cities Week webinar, St. Petersburg, Florida, Mayor Rick Kriseman said his city's installation of internet-connected traffic signals has been “critical” in expediting the city’s decision making over the past year, but that it's been done in concert with the private sector. "Government can’t and shouldn’t be the one to solve all the problems," he said. Ryan Johnston has details.

How DHS has tried to improve election security matters

At the federal level, Election Day also represents the culmination the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency's work to raise the defenses of state and local election officials. In an interview recorded during CyberWeek last month, CISA Director Chris Krebs explained to CyberScoop's Sean Lyngaas that not all risks to elections are cyber related, and how the agency has equipped itself to lead coordinated responses to misinformation campaigns and other threats. Watch the interview.

'Tune out the noise'

Remember, any vote totals released today are incomplete and unofficial. But the websites where election results are posted remain prone to disruptions like defacement or DDoS attacks, and being used for misinformation and disinformation. Casey Ellis, the founder and chief technology officer of Bugcrowd, told StateScoop that the best thing the public can do is tune out the noise" and vote. Ben has more.

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