Secretary of the State Denise Merrill led a first of its kind meeting of state, local, and federal officials in an effort to protect Connecticut's 2018 elections from cyber attack.
Danbury state Senator Mike McLachlan is a member of the panel, representing Senate Republicans.
Merrill says the state's cybersecurity defenses held, and the Russians were turned away in 2016. But she says threat of foreign interference is real and the Task Force is key to coordinating a response.
The Task Force will advise Secretary Merrill on how to invest the more than $5 million of federal funds recently appropriated for election security in Connecticut to best strengthen cyberdefenses on the state and local level, and plan ongoing coordination and training. As immediate past president of the National Association of Secretaries of State, and co-chair of the organization's Cybersecurity Task Force, Merrill led efforts to successfully secure funding for all 50 states to strengthen their cyberdefenses under the Help America Vote Act.