Preparing for 2024: Lessons Learned from Countering Russian Interference during the 2020 Elections

Elvis Chan discusses how Russia has interfered with past U.S. elections and how we can learn from successful prevention measures from 2020 to prepare for future elections. Chan’s talk provides an alarming picture of Russian disinformation operations to influence the U.S. election process and how through public and private efforts the 2020 elections proved to be very secure. The talk concludes with three specific recommendations for ensuring election security going forward. 

About the Speaker

Elvis Chan is an Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) assigned to FBI San Francisco. ASAC Chan manages the field office’s Cyber Branch, which is responsible for cyber investigations, digital forensics, technical operations, and private sector engagement. With over 16 years in the Bureau, he is a decorated agent who is recognized within the Intelligence Community as an election cybersecurity and cyberterrorism expert. ASAC Chan was the lead agent on significant cyber investigations and managed joint counterterrorism operations with domestic and foreign law enforcement agencies. Prior to joining the Bureau, ASAC Chan was a process development engineer in the semiconductor industry for almost 12 years. He holds two U.S. patents, presents at many technical and law enforcement symposiums, and published multiple articles in journals. ASAC Chan earned his bachelor’s degrees in chemical engineering and chemistry from the University of Washington and his master’s degree in homeland security studies from the Naval Postgraduate School.

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