Category: Outstanding Innovation in Election Cybersecurity and Technology

Cyber Navigator Program

The Illinois State Board of Elections built the Cyber Navigator Program (CNP) in response to the attack against U.S. election infrastructure during the 2016 elections. The innovative program splits the state up into geographic zones and places two Navigators in each zone. Cyber Navigators have a technical background, often in network infrastructure or security, and visit the individual election authorities in their zones. The CNP trains end users in election authority offices to guard against phishing, malware, and other security breaches.

Competition Submission

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) annual Clearinghouse Awards, also known as the “Clearie” Awards, promote best practices in elections and celebrate the accomplishments of election officials across the United States.

Image: Winner - Illinois State Board of Elections