The CEC Improves Cybersecurity within the Framework of the American Support
The Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia will receive targeted support from the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) aiming to promote the security of information technologies.
In line with its strategic goals and mandate, the IFES will ensure the update of the CEC server infrastructure and for this purpose, plans to purchase relevant goods and services for the Election Administration (EA) of Georgia. The CEC decided on the mentioned support at the session held on March 30.
Today, the agreement was signed by the CEC Chairperson, Tamar Zhvania, IFES Chief of Party, Keti Maisuradze, and the private sector IT company “UGT”, Ermile Suladze.
Within the framework of the trilateral agreement, the IFES will purchase from the Company UGT the servers and the required equipment for the CEC needed for the proper functioning of the CEC servers. In addition, the software maintenance of server equipment and the training of the CEC staff will be also ensured.
New server infrastructure enables the CEC to level up the security of its information assets as well as ensure smooth and safe implementation of online services suggested to voters and electoral stakeholders by the Election Administration.
Equipping the Election Administration with the relevant information technologies and ensuring the training of the CEC staff on cyber-security and cyber-hygiene are being implemented within the framework of the IFES project “Supporting Elections and Political Processes in Georgia” (EPPS) supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Agreement about the training of the CEC staff on cyber-security and cyber-attack as well as the updating relevant CEC infrastructure was made between the leadership of the CEC and IFES representatives in January of the current year. At January 10 meeting, held at the CEC, the parties agreed on supporting the conduct of 2020 elections in a secure and peaceful environment.
Considering the contemporary challenges, the CEC of Georgia has been working on improving/updating the cyber-security during the past several years. The CEC has already established relevant control mechanisms for information security to support the uninterrupted implementation of electoral processes, relevant protection of information, proper functioning of technical means and integrity of information assets, accessibility and confidentiality.
Active cooperation with IFES on this matter will give the Election Administration the possibility to advance its activities in terms of information technologies carried out during the election and non-election period.