“Everything is fine” vs. “we’re doomed” isn’t the way to frame election security
Information security is the central political question of our times.
Security pros know well that grappling with these issues requires us to develop a tough mental attitude, both individually and collectively. No amount of security mitigation matters if your despair or optimism clouds your judgement about the effectiveness of that mitigation.
The resulting hysteria plays out large, for example, in the current frenzy surrounding voting machine security. The Russians are hacking our elections!!! Them Russkies are changing vote totals!!! Putin’s ghost hangs over your shoulder in the voting booth!!!