Press Contact: Stephanie Raphael
Communications@njohsp.gov | 609.584.4392
WEST TRENTON, NJ – The New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP), through its New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC), is constantly collaborating with federal, state and local authorities, as well as other third parties, on securing New Jersey’s voter registration and election systems. Recent reports of breaches to Arizona’s and Illinois’ online voter registration systems underscore the reality that such systems are enduring cyber targets.
Unlike Arizona and Illinois, New Jersey does not offer its citizens the option to register to vote online, reducing the likelihood that a malicious actor could penetrate our system by accessing a public-facing website—as was the case in Arizona. In New Jersey, we require citizens to manually fill out voter registration forms and submit them to their respective county.
We are also continuously working with New Jersey’s Secretary of State’s Office, its Division of Elections, and the New Jersey Office of Information Technology to proactively assess and enhance other controls that protect New Jersey’s election processes. This includes providing advice and guidance to state and local election officials on:
- Monitoring systems for signs of suspicious activity;
- Conducting risk and vulnerability assessments and penetration tests;
- Implementing network hardening controls;
- Providing security awareness training;
- Ensuring continuity of operations plans are in place
The NJCCIC is committed to providing cybersecurity assistance to state and local officials throughout this election cycle and beyond. To that end, the NJCCIC provides near real-time awareness of cyber threats and analysis, shares information on sound digital resilience and risk mitigation practices, and acts as a resource for cybersecurity incident reporting.
About the New Jersey Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Cell
The New Jersey Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC) is New Jersey’s Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (ISAO). As the State’s one-stop-shop for cybersecurity resources, it serves governments, businesses, and citizens across New Jersey by promoting better awareness of cyber threats and the adoption of best practices. To learn more about the NJCCIC or to become a member, please visit www.cyber.nj.gov or follow the NJCCIC on Twitter @NJCybersecurity.
The New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP), a Cabinet-level agency, was created in 2006. The Director serves as the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisor, and is responsible for leading and coordinating the state’s counterterrorism, cybersecurity, and emergency preparedness efforts while building resiliency throughout the state across all levels of government and the private sector. NJOHSP oversees and distributes discretionary state and federal homeland security and emergency preparedness funds on behalf of New Jersey. More information about NJOHSP can be found at www.njhomelandsecurity.gov.