‘There are so many reasons’: Tech leaders say they’re worried about cybersecurity as election season heats up
Posted On August 9, 2021
Tech leaders from companies such as Facebook, Google and Microsoft are calling for greater security for their networks as election night approaches.
Tech giants are concerned about cybersecurity and want to be ready for the possibility of hackers trying to steal election data.
But they are worried that cybersecurity isn’t being properly addressed by election officials.
More:Tech leaders from Facebook, Alphabet, Microsoft and Twitter on Friday released a joint statement that called for more cybersecurity and said they want to work together to improve the nation’s election infrastructure.
“The stakes are too high for us to ignore them,” the statement reads.
“We believe we have a responsibility to improve our systems to ensure they are secure from cyber attacks, but we need to work collaboratively to do so.”
Tech leaders have a long history of pushing for stronger cybersecurity measures, including through legislation and other efforts.
They also have a history of opposing measures that would put in place stronger cybersecurity standards.
The cybersecurity bill being pushed by Senate Democrats would give states and localities more authority to oversee election security.
It would also expand state and local laws to require election officials to keep logs of all activity on their networks.
As we’ve said from the start, our election system must be secure and robust, and the federal government must continue to work with states and other stakeholders to improve election infrastructure,” Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement.