Grimes joins DHS in leading national cybersecurity exercise

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and county clerks from all parts of Kentucky on Wednesday participated in a national cybersecurity exercise with 45 states across the nation and hosted by the Department of Homeland Security.

The national exercise assisted elections stakeholders in identifying best practices and opening lines of communications to facilitate partnerships for cyber incident planning and preparedness.

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The DHS and Grimes have worked closely during and since the 2016 presidential election, shortly before the agency designated America’s elections as critical infrastructure. DHS provides cybersecurity tools and protections of Kentucky’s infrastructure. 

In April, Grimes announced an expansion of the partnership to train county election officials across Kentucky on cybersecurity and threats to elections. The trainings are some one of the first of their kind in the nation.