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“War games, election style”: Colo. cybersecurity training to attract national, local officials

Author: Erin Prater - August 30, 2018 - Updated: August 30, 2018

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“Think of it as war games, election style.”

That’s how the Secretary of State’s Office is branding a training exercise south of Denver next week that will attract national leaders in elections and cybersecurity.

Secretary of State Wayne Williams plans to preside over the Sept. 6 event in Englewood, set to be attended by representatives of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, the National Association of Secretaries of State and at least two of Williams’ fellow secretaries of state.

Nearly 200 county election officials will also participate, according to a Thursday release from Williams’ office.

“Colorado is viewed as a leader in election security, and this exercise is just the latest event to make sure we are ready for the Nov. 6 general election,” Williams said in the release. “There’s a reason The Washington Post wrote about how Colorado became the safest state to cast a vote.”

The event, dubbed “Election Preparedness for Infrastructure and Cybersecurity,” or EPIC, will include two hour-long exercises — the first focused on the five months leading to the 2018 election and the second focused on Election Day.

“Each exercise will feature cyber and physical security scenarios and subsequent cybersecurity preparedness activities,” the release states.

Erin Prater

Erin Prater

Erin Prater is Colorado Politics' digital editor. She is a multimedia journalist with 15 years of experience writing, editing and designing for newspapers, magazines, websites and publishing houses. Her previous positions include military reporter at The Gazette, general assignment reporter at The Huerfano County (Colo.) World, copy editor at David C. Cook publishing house and adjunct mass communication instructor at Pueblo Community College. Her bylines include The New York Times Upfront, The Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, S.D.), Military Spouse magazine and Omaha Magazine (Omaha, Neb.). Her syndicated bylines include The Denver Post, MSNBC.com, Military.com and wire services.