Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate has hired Jeff Franklin as the chief cybersecurity officer, Pate announced on Thursday morning. Franklin has served as the State of Iowa’s Chief Information Security Officer for the past 10 years. In his new role, Franklin will lead efforts to protect Iowa’s elections in 2020 and beyond, the office […]

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate was elected president of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) during the organization’s summer conference, after winning the NASS IDEAS Award for the election cybersecurity initiative, “Partnerships Pay Dividends: A Roadmap to Election Cybersecurity”. Secretary Pate will serve as the NASS President through July 2020.

An election cybersecurity initiative by the office of the Secretary of State is one of three finalists for the National Association of Secretaries of State’s 2019 IDEAS Award, Secretary of State Paul Pate announced this week. The initiative organized a collaboration between auditors and information technology staff of all 99 Iowa counties, several state agencies […]

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate has been reappointed to a national cybersecurity risk mitigation committee, Pate’s office announced today. Secretary Pate was a charter member of the Election Infrastructure Subsector Government Coordinating Council (EIS-GCC) during the council’s creation in October 2017. The council meets regularly with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the […]

More than 300 candidates who filed for federal, statewide or legislative races in Iowa get an unusual gift from Secretary of State Paul Pate: the “Cybersecurity Campaign Playbook,” created by the bipartisan initiative Defending Digital Democracy Project (D3P). Iowa has not experienced cyberattacks in the state election system, but political campaigns should be prepared to […]