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May 22, 2018
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GUILLEN: WE MUST PROTECT OUR ELECTIONS FROM ALL THREATS
Cybersecurity Committee Meeting Reviews Election Risks In Texas

 

AUSTIN - Representative Ryan Guillen (D - Rural South Texas) is pleased that the Select Committee on Cybersecurity is meeting to discuss election security. The meeting discussed the status of cybersecurity at the local, state, and federal levels.

 

"We need to assure our citizens that our government can defend itself," added Guillen. "We must find proactive solutions that prevent cyber attacks from taking place, instead of reacting to their fallout after they occur."

The Cybersecurity Committee will look at the risks, incidents, preventative measures, and advancement in detection regarding cyber attacks. Additionally, they will look at how cybersecurity education, curriculum, training, a strong workforce, and outreach programs could increase interest in technology careers. Cybersecurity came to the forefront of the national conversation during the 2016 Presidential Election due to the Russian Government conducting a campaign of interference to disrupt our electoral process. In Texas it was discovered that two Russian social media pages organized a protest and a counter protest at the same time with the goal of spreading false information and divisive rhetoric.

Though the 2016 Election has long since passed, Guillen urges the committee to ensure the protection of our elections at all levels of government.

"We need to be prepared for the next cyber attack that we may face,” said Guillen. “The internet has brought the world much closer together and we have to anticipate threats from anywhere.”

Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at ryanguillen.com, facebook.com/representative.guillen, and twitter.com/ryanguillen

 

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