The Department of Homeland Security is working closely with Nebraska officials to prevent election meddling in the upcoming November midterms. Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale says since being initially informed of election meddling in 2016, his office has strengthened security election measures. Within the last 8 month they’ve had additional help from the Homeland Security. Secretary Gale says the Department’s help has been invaluable.
“They do seem, really, to bring noticeable resources in 2018 that they didn’t have available in the 2016, ” says Gale. Even better, Secretary Gale says services provided by Homeland, which include, among other things, expertise from veteran cyber security experts, comes at no cost to the state. Secretary Gale says election vendors that supply the servers, where electronic votes are kept, have also been working closely with the his office.
” We’re very very,…. I would say positive about our ability to provide full security In this 2018 cycle.”
Secretary Gale says though he thinks the election process will be secure at the polls, Nebraskans still need to educate themselves against possible foreign agents posing as trolls on social media. He says that Nebraska residents need to use critical thinking when getting information from social media and not fall prey to posts only meant to promote false information.
“I think we all are trying to use better judgment and be more thoughtful of the sources information that we receive on social media, and how reliable they might be with regard to facts.”
Gale says its up to the FBI to identify foerign agents on Social Media, but its up to individuals to educate themselves against false information.