Secretary Hosemann says his office is remaining vigilant to protect voter information

HOSEMANN NEWS CONFERENCE

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — The Secretary of State’s Office said it is remaining vigilant about protecting voter registration information.

Secretary Delbert Hosemann said Statewide Elections Management System is that database that houses Mississippi’s voter registration information. He said even though it hasn’t been breached by hackers, they are still remaining vigilant to protect voters. 

“No system is ever completely safe, but Mississippi voters can rest assured we have taken every possible precaution in advance of November 8 Election Day,” Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said.

Hosemann said Circuit Clerks and Election Commissioners with access to SEMS have also been encouraged to take precautions, such as refraining from sharing their logon information with any other person.

 

Below is a list security measures in place:

 

Security measures protecting SEMS from unauthorized intrusion include:

·         Daily monitoring of the database;

·         Geographic exclusion of foreign IP addresses;

·         Maintaining a mirrored site in another location;

·         Maintaining back-up records housed with a third-party vendor;

·         Securing the database behind two firewalls and an Intrusion Prevention System;

·         Encrypting all virtual actions between an end user’s personal computer and SEMS; and

·         Contracting with a third-party vendor to test vulnerability.

The Secretary of State’s Office also said they have been in communication with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 

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