Homeland Security reviews Ocean County election Network

voting booth tlsAn independent review by a division of Homeland Security has determined the computer network used by Ocean County for the upcoming Presidential Election has no vulnerabilities.

“We have upgraded equipment, and checked and double-checked our security to assure the integrity of this upcoming election,” said Ocean County Freeholder Director John P. Kelly, who serves as liaison to the Ocean County Clerk and Board of Elections. “It’s imperative voters know we have done all we can to make sure their vote is secure.”

Ocean County’s computer network specifically for the upcoming election recently underwent a “cyber hygiene assessment” by the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center for Homeland Security.

“No vulnerabilities were detected in the assessment of the computer network used in the upcoming election,” said Edward Bavais, Director of Information Technology for Ocean County.

Bavais noted the assessment tested areas of the network for accessibility and penetration.

“They reviewed our software, network and other areas,” he said. “The testing showed we are in great shape.”

Freeholder Virginia E. Haines, who serves as liaison to the Information Technology Department, said the assessment was much like a report card of the computer network.

“Based on the results we received a top grade,” she said.

The Information Technology Department, working with the Ocean County Board of Elections and the Ocean County Clerk, requested Homeland Security perform the assessment.

“This assessment was important to determine whether any problems may have existed,” said County Clerk Scott Colabella. “The results show our network is secure and we can assure our voters their vote also is secure.”

Bavais said that earlier in the year, the department upgraded the network that connects municipalities and the county by installing new firewalls and switches for higher performance and greater security.
Bavais said his department had performed an internal analysis of the network prior to the assessment done by Homeland Security.

“It’s imperative we continually upgrade, monitor and assess the computer network,” Bavais said. “We have put extensive safety measures in place for this election and have added all the safeguards possible before the election and will do so during the election. The independent assessment adds another layer of security.”


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  1. How does this stop voter fraud? Why doesn’t everyone need to show id to vote?! I can go to every voting location in lakewood and vote under a different name and no one would know the difference…. but to buy a bottle of beer I need id

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