PROTECTING OUR DEMOCRACY
The Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution, defends every citizen's right to vote and reaffirms the authority of State and Local Governments to manage, administer and run elections.
ENSURING THE RIGHT TO VOTE
Our Nation's Democracy depends upon a secure election infrastructure to protect and enable the right to vote...supported by a public and private sector responsibility to ensure systems protection, accessibility, reliability and resiliency.
ELECTION CYBER RESILIENCE
Maintaining the public trust in the nation's election system requires access to a coordinated and collaborative cyber resilience ecosystem (trusted public- and private-sector assets and resources) via the National Election ISAO.
National Election System Cyber Resilience
A Public & Private Sector Responsibility
The NES-ISAO is a Member of the International Association of Certified ISAOs (IACI), the "center of gravity" connecting ISAOs worldwide with access to sector and cross-sector global all-hazards (cyber and physical) real-time threat intelligence, automated information sharing capabilities, coordinated response, secure military-grade communications, cyber resilience best practice. and role-based workforce education.
The National Election System ISAO - Headquarters
Global Institute for Cyber Security Resilience, Global Situational Awareness Center
Center for Space Education, NASA/Kennedy Space Center,
Operations Headquarters - National & International ISAOs
and the International Association of Certified ISAOs (IACI)
Protecting the Nation's election system at the federal, state, and local levels requires an unprecedented level of cooperation and coordination bridging physical and cyber domains supported by a sustainable collaborative infrastructure connecting public and private stakeholders...breaking down existing barriers and silos.
To advance cyber resilience and add a new layer of cybersecurity to protect the nation's election infrastructure, the National Election System ISAO (NES-ISAO), a non-profit organization was formed in January 2017 leveraging trusted public- and private-sector assets and resources. The NES-ISAO has enabled a sustainable national infrastructure providing all US Election System stakeholders with access to proactive real-time threat intelligence information sharing, sightings technology to detect network incidents, and countermeasure solutions, secure communications (military-grade encryption on a completely different DNS than the Internet), and resources, tools, and technologies to operationalize cyber resilience best practice supported by workforce education.
The NES-ISAO's mission further supports, as defined in the U.S. Constitution, that management of the time, places and manner of holding elections for Senators and Representatives is prescribed by each state. and that the right to vote is the right to participate in an electoral process that is structured to maintain the integrity of the nation's democratic system.
The NES-ISAO operationalizes the 2015 Executive Order to “Promote Private-Sector Cybersecurity Information Sharing” and to protect information sharing privacy and civil liberties via the “Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA)”.
The NES-ISAO is headquartered at the Global Institute for Cyber Security Resilience, Global Situational Awareness Center (GSAC) at the Center for Space Education at NASA/Kennedy Space Center.
The NES-ISAO is a Member of the International Association of Certified ISAOs (IACI), leveraging IACINet - The global security situational awareness threat intelligence information sharing technology platform connecting ISAOs worldwide, working in collaboration with government (US DHS, and NATO (48 Countries, 6,000+ organizations, and 139 worldwide CERTs).
Information on the NES-ISAO's infrastructure is provided only to NES-ISAO Members and vetted stakeholders of the nation's election system.