Senator Marco Rubio met with Florida election officials in Orlando to tackle growing concerns of cybersecurity threats. The senator has highlighted this as an issue he wants to tackle, and he’s assured that he wants to press for federal officials to share more information.
In a statement, he commented that the “meeting with several local supervisors charged with conducting elections was productive and timely.”
Rubio detailed that “The Senate Intelligence Committee of which I am a member, the U.S. Intelligence Community and leading security experts have repeatedly warned that our nation’s state election systems are potentially vulnerable to Russian cyber attacks. While I have confidence in the competence and commitment of Florida’s election officials, cyber threats sponsored by a nation state are sophisticated and constantly evolving. Federal funds are already available to states, including Florida, to improve election security. However, in order to effectively confront this threat to our democracy I will be pushing for federal officials to share more information with Florida and other states regarding Russian sponsored attacks during the 2016 elections.”
In an email sent from a Rubio Spokesperson, it explained that “They discussed the public report from the Intelligence Committee and the steps being taken by the Supervisors offices. Was a respectful and productive conversation on all accounts.”