COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) — The Franklin County Board of Elections has added a new tool in their efforts to strengthen cyber security.
County officials announced they added a cybersecurity network monitoring sensor called an Albert sensor.
The technology is financially backed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Franklin County officials say it did not cost county taxpayers anything.
“It’s looking for certain irregularities and it’s like collecting data. They’re looking at specific words,” said Aaron Sellers, public information officer for the board of elections.
Sellers explained the board of elections uses other cyber security methods including not connecting voting machines and election management software systems to the internet or the county’s data network.
Todd Whitaker, program chair for cyber security and department chair for computer and information sciences at Franklin University, explains the steps government agencies like Franklin County Board of Elections are taking show they’re serious about cyber security. Whitaker adds another way to show a commitment is to open up source code for applications for inspection.
“That’s a big risk because it exposed internal company secrets, but it also makes it available for audit for anybody that’s out there to be able to say “hey, look you got a certificate flaw here or you got a configuration error.”
The Albert sensor was put in place in Franklin County in time for the 2018 May primaries.