Across the globe, Governments are taking several steps in order to prevent foreign elements from interfering with the elections in their country. For some of them, it is aimed to prevent foreign interference yet again — for instance, the United States of America might make use of paper ballot backups that will enable the officials to double check the results of the elections. Australia is taking things another step further, though, and has created a task force that aims to guard its election process against cyber attacks and other methods. The task force is called the “Electoral Integrity Task Force.” It involves various agencies, such as the Department of Finance and Home Affairs. A spokesperson informed Reuters that the said group will be in charge of addressing and identifying the risks to the electoral process of the country.
He added that it is not aimed “at any specific threat actor or impending malicious action.” However, he said that it is likely a product of the warnings of the Australian intelligence community that foreign entities are attempting to gains access to classified information about the economy, energy, and military system of the country. In fact, the government is anticipated to pass anti-foreign interference laws after reports of the meddling of the Chinese, and they have been the cause of the intensifying friction between the two nations.
In a statement, the spokesperson of the task force said that the group “is a precautionary measure,” which the government of the country believes will be required to become the norm “in the age of increasing levels of cyber-enabled interference and disruption.” The people know about just how effective the said task force is and if other nations should take a leaf out book of Australia as the country is scheduled to hold five federal by-elections next month.