In the past decade, more and more of our daily lives are spent on electronic devices. Even the way we vote is done electronically. But when so much sensitive information is digitally stored and transferred, how do we know if that information is safe? That’s where cybersecurity comes in. The 2020 election put cybersecurity at the forefront of election politics, making it more important now than ever before to keep our elections safe and secure.
Definition of Cybersecurity
Simply put, cybersecurity refers to all of the tools, methods, processes, and technologies used to protect your electronic devices and networks from a cyber attack. It can be as simple as installing malware protection software onto your computer, and as complex as deploying advanced IT practices for a company server.
Why Is Cybersecurity Important?
When you file your taxes online or vote on an electronic voting machine, you trust that your private information is kept private. However, the only way your information can be protected is through cybersecurity. Cybercriminals launch frequent attacks on governments, businesses, and organizations in order to steal or tamper with sensitive information. When these agencies or businesses practice good cybersecurity, your data will be protected from these vicious attacks.
Cybersecurity and Our Elections
When Russian hackers accessed voter registration information in Florida and the Democratic National Committee, we realized that the threat of cyberattacks on our democratic processes was real. Nevertheless, agencies and organizations have taken serious steps to combat these attacks and protect our votes. It is now increasingly difficult to compromise someone’s vote, and this past election has been considered the “most secure in American history.”