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    Army Combat Veteran to Take Over Key Election Security Role Working with State, Local Officials

    Army Combat Veteran to Take Over Key Election Security Role Working with State, Local Officials

    An combat veteran with extensive cybersecurity and counterterrorism experience is taking over as one of the nation's top election security officials, the director of the U.S. Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency announced Friday.

    In the position, Cait Conley will coordinate with federal, state and local officials responsible for ensuring elections are secure ahead of the 2024 presidential election. CISA Director Jen Easterly said Conley's national security experience made her “ideally suited to help those state and local officials carrying out elections in every community in America.”

    Conley takes over duties from Kim Wyman, who will depart the agency at the end of July to join the private sector. Wyman, a former top election official in state, joined the agency after the 2020 election in which CISA leadership was blasted by former President Donald Trump for countering false claims about the vote.

    Trump ultimately fired then-CISA Director Chris Krebs after a group of federal, state and local officials issued a statement nine days after the election saying there was “no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes or was in any way compromised.”

    At the time, Wyman replaced Matt Masterson, who had served as the election security lead under Krebs. During their tenure, Masterson and Krebs were credited with building up the agency, which was created in 2018, and earning…

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