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Voting Security: DEF CON Voting Village

Rionda Osman  | Published on 8/10/2019

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August 9, 2019



 

Statement from Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold on DEF CON Voting Village



Over the weekend of 10-11 August 2019, DEF CON, the oldest continuously running hacker convention, convenes inLas Vegas,NV. The convention includes the Voting Village, which for the third year in a row, explores voting machines, systems, and databases, and aims to raise awareness about voting vulnerabilities and promote a more secure democracy. The following statement about DEF CON and the Voting Village can be attributed to Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold:

“Election cybersecurity has never been so crucial. Events like DEF CON serve an important role and remind us that as a nation, we must recognize and confront national security vulnerabilities. I am proud that Colorado is one of the most secure states to cast a vote in today – our voting machines are not connected to the internet, each vote has a voter-verified paper record, and we were the first state to implement risk-limiting audits. As a nation, we must remain vigilant to ensure that every American’s vote can be cast, counted, and audited without fear of interference”



Background Information:
Colorado regularly does penetration testing by engaging with white hat hackers to test and improve the security of our systems. We include security controls and reporting requirements into our contracts with third-party companies and service providers. We require annual cybersecurity awareness training of every user, state and county, of the state’s election systems, and we were the first state to require multifactor authentication in addition to username and password login for every user.Colorado follows recommendations and best practices for election systems security. Trevor Timmons, Colorado Secretary of State’s Chief Information Officer, is attending DEF CON this week and speaking on a panel about election security. DEF CON publicly released a list of specific voting equipment models being included in the Voting Village, no current Colorado voting systems models are on this list.