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Secretary of State Grimes and DHS conduct cybersecurity seminar for Kentucky attorneys

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and the Department of Homeland Security conducted a cybersecurity seminar Friday for Kentucky attorneys at the Kentucky Bar Association’s annual conference.

“I am proud of the relationship my office has built with the Department of Homeland Security as a key partner in election security,” Grimes said. “Like election officials, law firms – large and small – collect, store, and disseminate sensitive information. It is critical they understand today’s cybersecurity environment.”

Grimes and Klint Walker, a cybersecurity advisor for the Department of Homeland Security, presented an overview on Kentucky election security and offered valuable information and tools helpful to attorneys in safeguarding data in their own practice.

DHS and Grimes have worked closely during and since the 2016 presidential election, shortly before the agency designated America’s elections as critical infrastructure. DHS provides cybersecurity tools and protections of Kentucky’s infrastructure.

In April, Grimes announced an expansion of the partnership to train county election officials across Kentucky on cybersecurity and threats to elections. The trainings are some one of the first of their kind in the nation.

“Practitioners of law are careful in their application. They must also be careful with the data their clients entrust to them,” Grimes said.

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