Linn County Auditor hires ProCircular Cybersecurity to review and secure election systems

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Linn County Auditor & Commissioner of Elections Joel Miller has retained Iowa-based cybersecurity firm ProCircular to review Linn County’s voter registration and election system.

The effort will support the upcoming countywide school elections to be held on September 12 in Linn County.

Miller says it is a continuation of the county's efforts to improve the integrity of the voting process to ensure that our systems and records are secure and that every vote is accurately counted.

"A sense of urgency has motivated us to commence this review now based upon the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s recent declaration that voting systems are considered critical infrastructure,” Miller said.

ProCircular will inventory Linn County’s election system and voting equipment to confirm compliance with official certified versions; voting equipment deployed to polling places will be evaluated for vulnerabilities, and systems used by Linn County employees to access and update voter registration records will be reviewed for proper safeguards.

The company’s experts also participated in DefCon’s voter hacking event in Las Vegas this August to bring attention to potential vulnerabilities associated with current voting systems.

ProCircular is a cybersecurity and compliance firm that provides customized, high-quality solutions to organizations by applying decades of real-life expertise.