Elections are the bedrock of democracy. Thus, the cyber-attacks on voter registration databases managed by state election boards and data repositories of both political parties in the 2016 elections are threatening the core values of our nation. Election boards and officials will continue to face the biggest battle yet when it comes to securing the vote in the upcoming primaries and midterm elections.
Unfortunately, our election infrastructure is woefully ill-prepared for future interference. Outdated voting machines, lack of verified paper ballots or records, and inadequate cybersecurity measures for voting machines and databases are just a few vulnerabilities that leave U.S. elections open to subversion by hostile entities—foreign and domestic—seeking to undermine the democratic process.
To secure the vote and protect its citizens’ sensitive voter registration information, election boards need to implement a Zero Trust Security approach, which assumes that untrusted actors already exist both inside and outside the network. Trust must therefore be entirely removed from the equation.
The path to Zero Trust Security starts with Next-Gen Access to secure every user’s access to applications and infrastructure. Once an identity is authenticated and the integrity of the device is proven, authorization and access to resources is granted — but with just enough privilege necessary to perform the task at hand.
Understand the building blocks that help achieve Zero Trust Security via:
- Best practices in securing election infrastructure components
- Minimizing risk exposure with Zero Trust Security
- The Four Core Pillars of Zero Trust Security
- Benefits of Zero Trust Security