CISA boss Chris Krebs fired for demolishing Trump’s voter fraud claims

In a strange development where a CISO has been fired for not suffering a breach, US President Donald Trump has decided to fire Chris Krebs, the head of CISA, after the latter called the 2020 Presidential elections the most secure one in history.

Chris Krebs headed the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) which was formed in 2018 through the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2018. The Act rebranded the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) and made CISA the official cyber security arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Under Krebs' command, the CISA set up a fresh website termed "Rumor Control" that destroyed a number of rumours and allegations around the 2020 Presidential Elections, including allegations that systems and processes used by election officials could be hacked, that votes were being cast on behalf of deceased people, and that vote counts were lost or manipulated.

The fact that the "Rumor Control" website attempted to demolish many of the allegations made by Donald Trump himself, it is believed that the presence of the website riled up the President so much that he chose to fire Krebs who has so far been considered as a Trump loyalist.

Krebs' dismissal also took place shortly after the Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council (GCC) Executive Committee, which includes the CISA, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), and the Election Infrastructure Sector Coordinating Council (SCC) issued a statement to altogether dismiss Donald Trump's allegations of voter fraud or vote manipulation.

“The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history. Right now, across the country, election officials are reviewing and double-checking the entire election process prior to finalizing the result,” the GCC Executive Committee said.

“When states have close elections, many will recount ballots. All of the states with close results in the 2020 presidential race have paper records of each vote, allowing the ability to go back and count each ballot if necessary. This is an added benefit for security and resilience. This process allows for the identification and correction of any mistakes or errors. There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.

“Other security measures like pre-election testing, state certification of voting equipment, and the U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s (EAC) certification of voting equipment help to build additional confidence in the voting systems used in 2020.

“While we know there are many unfounded claims and opportunities for misinformation about the process of our elections, we can assure you we have the utmost confidence in the security and integrity of our elections, and you should too. When you have questions, turn to elections officials as trusted voices as they administer elections,” the Committee added.

Reacting to the statement, President Trump expressed his intent to fire Chris Krebs on Twitter, stating that Krebs' statement on election security was highly inaccurate and did not take into consideration many instances of improprieties and fraud.

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