This course provides an overview of the historical, cultural, and political significance of voting, the technical
issues of securing election processes, and careers in service for public good. The course covers typical election
system infrastructures, their operation, and the voting systems security guidelines and locality election security
standards set by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Topics include risk assessment of registrar information systems,
analysis of system and network documentation for accuracy, software patches, systems updates, configuring and
deploying appropriate security software, and ensuring compliance with best practices in securing systems.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will: be familiar with the history of U.S. elections and with the organization of the Virginia Department of Elections; understand the threats to election security in the U.S.; be knowledgeable about security frameworks and countermeasures to prevent or mitigate threats to election security; be ready for fieldwork with Virginia localities.