Redoubling Efforts to Secure Midterm ElectionFBI's Elvis Chan on How to Deter Foreign Interference in Fall Vote
(Editor's Note: This interview was recorded before the U.S. on July 13 announced the indictments of 12 Russians for 2016 election interference. Those indictments contain information beyond what Elvis Chan shares in this interview.)
With the topic of election security buzzing, Elvis Chan of the FBI has two primary concerns about midterm elections: The cybersecurity of the election systems and protecting people from the influence of foreign adversaries such as Russia.
In a video interview at Information Security Media Group's recent San Francisco Fraud and Breach Prevention Summit, Chan, a supervisory special agent with the FBI in San Francisco, discusses:
- What we know about Russia's role in the 2016 election;
- How the FBI and other government agencies are attempting to secure the 2018 election;
- What private sector organizations must do to ensure their systems are also free of intrusion or influence.
Chan manages a squad responsible for investigating national security cyber matters. He is a decorated agent who is recognized within the intelligence community as a cyberterrorism expert. Chan was the lead agent on significant cyber investigations and managed joint counterterrorism operations with domestic and foreign law enforcement agencies. Before joining the FBI, he was a process development engineer in the semiconductor industry for 12 years.