In response to foreign interference in the 2016 Presidential Election, the California Legislature and Governor approved funding to upgrade equipment, enhance security, and combat cyber threats.
This new 2018 initiative created the unprecedented Secretary of State's Office of Election Cybersecurity and Office of Enterprise Risk Management. Housed in the Secretary of State's Communications Department, the Office of Election Cybersecurity was established in August 2018.
Fair and accurate elections are the bedrock of our democracy. That's why Secretary of State Alex Padilla is collaborating with multiple government agencies to ensure that Californians can vote with confidence.
Together, we're protecting the integrity of elections, safeguarding against potential cyberattacks, and ensuring that every vote is counted.
To coordinate with local election officials to reduce the likelihood and severity of cyber incidents that could interfere with elections in our state.
To monitor and counteract false or misleading information regarding the electoral process that may suppress voter participation.
How You Can Help
Participation is the best way
to counteract attempts
at disruption or
that discourage voting
Be vigilant about the election information you consume and share on social media. Make sure that you receive your elections information from local county elections officials and the California Secretary of State's office.
Report false or misleading information to your social media network or to the California Secretary of State's office here.
Office of Elections Cybersecurity and Enterprise Risk Management:
- The California Legislature appropriated an unprecedented $3 million to combat misinformation and strengthen cybersecurity by establishing The Offices of Elections Cybersecurity and Enterprise Risk Management within the Secretary of State.
- Our Communications Department added additional staff, social media monitoring software and a first-ever public education campaign urging voters to be vigilant about misinformation on social media.
- Enterprise Risk Management Office coordinates efforts between the Secretary of State and local elections officials to enhance cyber attack prevention capabilities and establish improved cyber incident response.
Partnering with Federal and Local Partners:
- We continually work with federal, state, and local partners—including The Department of Homeland Security, The Federal Bureau of Investigation, The California Department of Technology, California Office of Emergency Services, California Highway Patrol, and county elections officials—to share information and best practices.
- Our office has hosted cybersecurity trainings and security drills for county elections officials.
- We’ve visited fusion centers to better coordinate in the event of a cyber threat or emergency incident.
How voters can help
- Vote. The best response to attempts at disruption or misinformation campaigns that discourage voting is participation.
- Be vigilant about the election information you consume and share on social media. Make sure that you receive your elections information from local county elections officials and the California Secretary of State’s office.