In light of reports of unauthorized tampering in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, officials at all levels of government have been seeking ways to strengthen voters’ confidence that their personal information is secure and that their Constitutionally-guaranteed right to vote is protected. At root is the imperative that every vote is recorded properly and counted accurately.
According to its
2018 Handbook for Elections Infrastructure Security, the nonprofit Center for
Internet Security noted that “the most significant risks to voting
infrastructure affect those components with network connections. Examples
include many voting registration systems.” The solution developed by SICPA and
Guardtime provides responsible elections officials with a tool to ensure the
integrity of voter registries. The solution seamlessly integrates with existing
voter registration and voting systems, and leverages proven KSI® Blockchain
technology to provide:
- An immutable record of registration information
- Real-time intrusion detection
- Indisputable tamper evidence
- Increased voter transparency
“We must help our
state and local election officials by making more tools available for them to
continue to strengthen and safeguard the election process,” said SICPA North
America President and CEO Jane Holl Lute.
“In partnership with Guardtime, our solution creates a secure digital platform for voting data that is resilient and resistant to attempted intrusions."
Jane Holl Lute, SICPA North
America President and CEO
Mrs Lute continued: "SICPA is excited to leverage our decades-long experience in providing unparalleled security for banknotes, identity documents, and other regulated products to help ensure that sensitive voter information is protected and the integrity of the voting process enhanced.”
“For the past decade, Guardtime has been committed to working with government agencies, companies, and other organizations to provide network security and ensure the reliability of sensitive data.”
Mike Gault, Guardtime CEO
Mr Gault continued: “We are keenly aware of the security challenges facing America’s election infrastructure, and are excited to work with SICPA to offer a solution that utilizes innovative blockchain technology to protect voters’ private information and provide greater ability for election officials to identify any abnormalities or attempted intrusions.”The solution offered by SICPA and Guardtime helps address multiple threats associated with voting data: it secures the integrity of sensitive voter registration data, including addresses and dates of birth, from intrusions designed to compromise personally-identifiable information and allows election officials to more reliably identify abnormalities in voter registration data, including registered voters who have been improperly added or deleted.