Sutter County was one of five California counties hosting table top exercises to prepare local election officials across the state for potential attempts by cyber attack to interfere with upcoming elections. Early Thursday morning, Elections Official Donna Johnston (pictured) worked with County Information Technology staff, including Scott Hansen (pictured in picture) to set up webinar equipment that allowed U.S. Homeland Security officials to conduct a 4.5 hour tabletop exercise. The purpose of the exercise was to identify best practices and areas for improvement in cyber incident planning, identification, response, and recovery through simulation of a realistic scenario exploring impacts to voter confidence, voter operations, voting operations, and the integrity of elections. Officials from surrounding counties and the FBI participated in the tabletop exercise. Identical tabletop exercises were hosted by Fresno, Los Angeles, Shasta, and Orange counties.