Election Security

Overview

On January 6, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) designated elections as critical infrastructure. Although individual state and local jurisdictions conduct elections, protecting election infrastructure is a national responsibility shared between federal, state, and local governments and their private sector partners. In addition to being a whole-of-government and cross-sector responsibility, election security involves multiple aspects of homeland security. These include cybersecurity, physical security, supply chain security, and emergency communications—all areas in which Lafayette Group possesses significant expertise.

The dynamic combination of subject-matter experts, management consultants, design specialists, and researchers has enabled Lafayette Group to become an integral partner in assisting Federal clients with their election security efforts. Lafayette Group's contribution to CISA’s election security mission began with stakeholder engagement and outreach, specifically to state and local election authorities. Lafayette Group has broadened CISA’s engagement and outreach efforts to include election industry partners and political campaigns. Lafayette Group's contribution is also expanding into additional election security priorities for CISA, including strategic planning and training and exercises.

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Stakeholder Engagement & Outreach

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Stakeholder Engagement & Outreach

Lafayette Group supports CISA in communicating election security priorities, guidance, and resources to state and local election authorities as well as their private sector partners. The U.S. election infrastructure is both decentralized and highly interconnected, meaning its security is only as strong as its weakest link. Stakeholder engagement and outreach is therefore a crucial first step toward enhancing the security posture of the election community.

Experts & Project Insights

Matt Crane

Matt has worked in election administration in Colorado for 19 years, working at both the state and county levels.  From 2013 through 2018, he was the the elected Clerk and Recorder for Arapahoe County.  While serving as Clerk, Matt worked collaboratively with all parties and stakeholders to improve the transparency and trust in the election process.  Under Matt’s leadership, Arapahoe County was recognized a leader in election administration, providing citizens with innovative tools to create better access to the ballot and to provide better information about the election process. Matt has worked with the federal Election Assistance Commission to help create national best practices for conducting elections.  Matt is a nationally certified elections administrator (CERA) through the Election Center and Auburn University, as well as a Colorado Certified Elections Administrator. 

 

Since coming to the Lafayette Group in March 2019, Matt has served as an Elections Subject Matter Expert, working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency to help states, local jurisdictions, political parties, and campaigns enhance their security posture as they prepare for the 2020 General Election. 

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