COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose released a statement in response to the Ohio Senate’s introduction of Senate Bill 52, legislation recommended by Secretary of State LaRose that will improve Ohio’s cybersecurity posture. The following may be attributed to Secretary LaRose:
“I learned in the U.S. Army that our adversaries only need to be right once – while we need to be right each and every time. I refuse to take any chances with Ohio’s election security, so I’m recommending this legislation which will build out Ohio’s cyber-defense posture and make it a model for the nation – placing us in the best possible position to deter any threats to our election system, both foreign and domestic.
“I appreciate Senate President Obhof and Senator Gavarone making this a priority and look forward to working with the General Assembly to swiftly move this vitally important bill to the desk of Governor DeWine for his signature.”
ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND ON SB 52:
- Empowers the Secretary of State and Ohio National Guard to both better enhance resilience to cyber-attacks of our election systems and improve responsiveness if such an attack would occur.
- Incorporates a Chief Information Security Officer into the Secretary of State’s office to put a laser-focus on enriching technological election security efforts both in our office and in all 88 counties.
- Requires the Secretary of State to have a seat on the Ohio Homeland Security Advisory Council.
- Requires post-election audits by county Board of Elections to better ensure the accuracy of the results.
- In January of 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security designated Election Infrastructure as part of the nation’s critical infrastructure.
- A similar bill was championed by then State Senator LaRose in the last General Assembly.