Election Security Communications Webinar and In-Person Training Opportunities 

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In 2020, County and Municipal Clerks can expect to get more questions from the public and the media about election security.  They also need to know best practices for communicating in the event of an election security crisis.  To help prepare clerks for these communications challenges, the WEC is offering several training opportunities and is developing an elections security communications toolkit for clerks.  The first training opportunity is an online webinar, followed by in-person training events held around the state.

Additional Security Needs Survey

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The Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) is seeking feedback from local government officials on how to use the remaining Elections Security HAVA funds ahead of the 2020 elections.  The WEC announced a subgrant program on September 27, 2019 to help local jurisdictions meet baseline security standards before the Spring Primary.  The baseline standards include having computer hardware and/or software that meets minimum security recommendations, access to professional IT support, participation in Election Security training, and the adoption of a contingency plan.

Cyber Security Advisory: Phishing Threat

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The WEC is aware of a phishing campaign being conducted that is using particularly dangerous malware called EMOTET.  The malware is delivered through an email that will often reference a vague invoice number, payment due or completed payment, and may have a signature block from someone you know.  The e-mail will contain an attachment or a link to an attachment.   Opening the attachment then launches EMOTET itself.