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There has been a lot of controversy regarding cybersecurity in the US ever since the scandal that took place during the 2016 National Election. While it has yet to be determined if the proven Russian interference affected the final results, it has increased the level of security surrounding devices that are used in this event, from ballots, servers and data storage equipment. Now that the next season of elections is coming soon, it is important to highlight the dangers of hacking and how it can be problematic for both the government as well as the people. To combat this, Gov. Bruce Rauner proclaimed October as Cyber Security Awareness Month in Illinois to emphasize the necessity and importance of cyber security in both the state and the country as a whole.
Cybersecurity is an important aspect of any organization, whether it be local or international. Preparation, as well as tight inspection, are core to any system put in place. Rauner states, “Our reliance on information systems continue to grow, technology makes our world increasingly open with easy access to information, so it is more important than ever to prioritize cyber security.” This problem is not just limited to the US, China, or Europe. Other countries all over the world are keen on finding new solutions to the different threats that are apparent all over the Internet space. This is even more problematic due to the fact that technology is evolving at such a fast pace that security companies and organizations are hard-pressed to keep up with it.
The Cybersecurity Operations Center (SOC), implemented in Illinois last year, was set up specifically to strengthen and support the systems in this industry. Chris Hill, the Illinois Chief Information Security Officer, stated, “We have continued to increase the capabilities of the SOC including 24/7 cyber monitoring.” It is hoped that there will be no incident in the coming elections, and that future events like this will run smoothly.