“In today’s world, our Secretary of State – our chief elections officer – needs to be more than a clerk. It’s no longer about just filing the right paperwork. Today’s Secretary of State needs to understand and lead in the area of cybersecurity,”
Amore Highlights Need for Security Expertise in Secretary of State
For Release: Thursday, September 6, 2018
BOSTON – Secretary of State candidate Anthony Amore today outlined his 10-point plan to secure the Commonwealth’s elections from cyber threats, highlighting his background as a security professional as a skill set critical to protecting the state’s voting systems. Amore, who is director of security at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, said the complacency of the incumbent exposes the state’s voting system at risk.
“In today’s world, our Secretary of State – our chief elections officer – needs to be more than a clerk. It’s no longer about just filing the right paperwork. Today’s Secretary of State needs to understand and lead in the area of cybersecurity,” said Amore in remarks delivered in front of the State House. “As someone who has devoted his career to securing people and property, I see protecting our elections as our country’s next great security challenge. Rather than resting on our laurels, or adding even more bureaucrats to the state budget, my Election Security Plan couples best practices from the top experts in election and cyber security with a multi-step, layered approach.”
The 10-point plan, available online at amore2018.com, would include:
- Developing individualized risk assessments
- Instituting best security practices including annual risk assessments
- Creating a blue-ribbon security commission
- Tapping into security resources and innovation at the Commonwealth’s colleges and universities
- Working closely with local election officials to fortify statewide voter rolls and avoiding unfunded state mandates
- Move away from an antiquated Voter Registration Information System
Prior to joining the Gardner Museum, Amore had a 15-year career with federal agencies in security-related positions, including as the Assistant Federal Security Director, Transportation Security Administration. Amore helped lead efforts to rebuild security at Logan Airport after 9/11 and is a graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.
Incumbent Has No Plan
While Amore unveiled his plan, it was also noted that the Secretary of State’s Office currently has no strategic plan. In response to a request for a strategic plan, Secretary of State Bill Galvin’s office provided instead an annual report. Galvin also claims to have “plans to further increase security,” according to the State House News Service.
“I should hope so, but I have to ask, why has he waited?” said Amore. “Mr. Galvin has no plan for the office of Secretary of State. We know because we asked. We requested a strategic plan, his office sent us an annual report. Bill Galvin is looing toward the past and not to the future.”
Contact: PJ Farrenkopf, 781-580-0013