The House Committee on Homeland Security will hold a hearing on election security on Wednesday, February 13th at 10:00am. The panel will hear testimony from Christopher C. Krebs, Director, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Thomas Hicks, Commissioner, U.S. Election Assistance Commission; Alex Padilla, Secretary of State, California; Noah Praetz, Former Director of Elections, Cook County, Illinois; Jake Braun, Executive Director, Cyber Policy Initiative; and John Merrill, Secretary of State, Alabama.
As our lives become increasingly dependent upon computer systems and cyber technologies grow ever more sophisticated, the internet has emerged as the new battleground of the 21st century. From criminals' stealing credit card and social security number information to foreign governments' hacking into American companies’ information systems, cyber attacks can take on myriad forms, prompting the government to formulate new measures to protect online security. Since cyberwarfare knows no territorial bounds, ensuring cybersecurity will also require international cooperation and an updated understanding of jus ad bellum, as it applies to cyber attacks.