October 2, 2018  |  Updated October 4, 2018

#StratComDC: Christopher Krebs on “Protecting the US Election”

By Michael Newton

The Hon. Christopher Krebs, Under Secretary, National Protection and Programs Directorate, US Department of Homeland Security, talks about the measures that the US is taking to protect the integrity of democratic infrastructure from global cyber threats in the approach to the 2018 US midterm elections and the democratic process beyond.

State and non-state actors’ interference in the US and European elections, as well as use of social media platforms to spread false narratives and manipulate the political discourse, have jolted US and European policy-makers into action. Yet, while Western democracies are slowly crafting their response, disinformation campaigns threaten to distort elections worldwide. In response to this growing threat, the Atlantic Council hosted StratCom in Washington, DC, to bring together key stakeholders, researchers, government officials, and civil society to disseminate best practices among the global community. The event addressed the tools and methods used by both state and non-state actors to spread disinformation, target elections, and new technologies aimed at destabilizing democracies worldwide.

You can find a full list of speakers here.