In just the past five years, the United States has suffered numerous hacks into important entities and institutions across the country by ill-intentioned actors. Private companies and government agencies alike have felt the negative impacts of security breaches by hackers infiltrating proprietary and protected systems. Even the United States political landscape has proven vulnerable to bad actors in the realm of cyber security. Furthermore, analysts have attributed some of the most recent highly publicized hacks to state-sponsored groups. As cyber security threats and opportunities for foreign hackers to infiltrate critical systems become more prevalent, it is natural to wonder where the next hack will occur, when it will happen, and whom it will affect.
This comment concludes that the critical infrastructure classification for election infrastructure will help thwart potential state-sponsored threats to American election legitimacy.
Allaire M. Monticollo, Comment, Protecting America's Elections from Foreign Tampering: Realizing the Benefits of Classifying Election Infrastructure as Critical Infrastructure under the United States Code, 51 U. Rich. L. Rev. 1239 (2017).