Synack partners with Democracy Live to deliver more secure, remote balloting solutions
04 May, 2022, 07:59 ET
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., May 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Synack, the premier on-demand security platform for continuous penetration testing and vulnerability management, has partnered with Democracy Live, the largest provider of cloud and tablet-based balloting in the U.S., to conduct rigorous and continuous cybersecurity testing for its remote election technology.
This important relationship means that states and localities that deploy Democracy Live to expand access to all voters are relying on technology that has been independently and continuously examined for potential vulnerabilities by some of the most skilled cybersecurity researchers in the world.
The Synack Platform combines the skills of more than 1,500 elite cybersecurity researchers along with cutting-edge smart technology to help Fortune 500 businesses, government agencies as well as leading healthcare organizations protect their most critical assets.
The partnership with Democracy Live extends Synack's work on election security that has also involved projects for Election Systems & Software, the largest maker of voting equipment in the U.S., as well as the State of Colorado and Tusk Philanthropies, a nonprofit organization funding the development of new election technologies.
"We're committed to making sure any technology that states or localities use for voting is as secure as possible. Our democracy depends on it. We need to make sure these systems are protected against attacks, and it's imperative that we do everything we can to ensure the trust in the systems people use to cast their votes," said Jay Kaplan, Synack's CEO. "We also believe in Democracy Live's mission of expanding the vote to as many people as possible. Democracy works best when as many people as possible participate."
Deployed in over 2,000 elections, the Democracy Live "OmniBallot" platform is the most deployed, remote balloting solution in the U.S. OmniBallot is hosted in AWS, a federally approved cloud infrastructure. OmniBallot securely transmits ballots to voters who cannot vote on paper ballots, due to geography or disabilities.
"Our partnership with Synack is a powerful new paradigm in elections security. Through engaging Synack and their independent cybersecurity researchers who work 24/7, Democracy Live is taking every step possible to safeguard our elections technology," said Bryan Finney, CEO of Democracy Live. "Our mission is to help ensure that all American citizens have equal access to a secure ballot. This includes voters who cannot see, hold, or mark a paper ballot, due to disabilities or geography. Through Synack, Democracy Live is adding an unparalleled level of security and testing, unmatched in the elections industry."
More than 8,000 elections jurisdictions across all 50 states are required by law to transmit ballots electronically. More than half the states require that qualified, eligible voters can return their ballots electronically. Surprisingly, the majority of election jurisdictions still use fax machines, or email attachments to comply with the law.
The Synack/Democracy Live partnership was developed to ensure state and local elections officials have the latest and most secure option to replace fax machines and email to electronically transmit ballots.
Learn more about the work Synack is doing with Democracy Live at https://synack.com/elections
Synack's premier on-demand security testing platform harnesses a talented, vetted community of security researchers and smart technology to deliver continuous penetration testing and vulnerability management, with actionable results. We are committed to making the world more secure by closing the cybersecurity skills gap, giving organizations on-demand access to the most-trusted security researchers in the world. Headquartered in Silicon Valley with regional teams around the world, Synack protects global banks, federal agencies, DoD classified assets and more than $6 trillion in Fortune 500 and Global 2000 revenue. For more information, please visit www.synack.com.
ABOUT DEMOCRACY LIVE
Deployed in over 2,000 elections jurisdictions, Democracy Live is the largest provider of cloud and tablet-based balloting in the United States. The OmniBallot cloud and tablet balloting tools have been deployed in over 3,000 U.S. elections since 2008 and used by voters in over 90 countries on every continent. Democracy Live technologies have been approved for funding by the U.S. Department of Defense, the US Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. State Department to assist voters around the world access their ADA-compliant electronic ballot. In 2019, Democracy Live was awarded the Accessibility in Voting Award presented at the United Nations. For more information, visit www.democracylive.com.
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