Idaho Secretary of State works with cybersecurity company for digital election security

Posted at 3:39 PM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 17:39:36-04

BOISE — The Office of the Idaho Secretary of State works with the Boise-based security platform PlexTrac to increase digital security when it comes to processing the results of elections.

"There's no magic easy button where they can just say you're good or not, there's a number of different ways they need to identify those risks," said vice president of success for PlexTrac, Inc. Shawn Scott.

Risks come in many digital forms, and without basic controls in place, an attacker can access important information. PlexTrac works to ensure counties are better protected from those threats, and meeting security goals.

"Really the point of what the sec of state office and PlexTrac partnership is, is to take a proactive approach to enhance the defenses that these counties have in place, making sure they're not easy targets, they're not easy prey," said Scott.

The platform tries to make Idaho as hard of a target as possible, which is the best defense against malicious attacks.

"There's no such thing as perfect security," said Scott,

"A determined attacker will probably win most of the time, so what do you do you try to make yourself not the target you try to make your elf difficult because ultimately attackers are looking for a return on investment just like anyone else."

PlexTrac says this initiative, the Idaho Secretary of State, is doing with the counties, is essential to ensure Idaho is a leader in information security.

"It's a never-ending process quite frankly," said Scott,

"the attackers continue to develop their arsenal, and so we're always going to continue to improve our defenses," said Scott.

PlexTrac shared tips about keeping your personal information secure during the pandemic. The number one recommendation is don't reuse the same credentials on multiple sites. They say that turn a bad day into a catastrophic one if there's a security breach. Given the gravity of the pandemic, it's important to have a mechanism in place that ensures you can receive your family member's credentials should they become incapacitated..