Secretary of State says extra layers of cyber protection added to Iowa election systems

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate says the state, federal and military experts as well as a private contractor have scanned the state’s election systems.

“Iowans, your vote and your data is protected,” Pate said Thursday. “..We’ve added extra layers of protection and we will continue to do so.”

Pate, along with top officials from state agencies and an FBI agent, held a news conference to discuss cybersecurity issues.

“We are working with these state and federal partners to strengthen Iowa’s election security and infrastructure and to prepare for any kind of situation that might arise on Election Day,” Pate said. “We’re ready for next Tuesday.”

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