Security Analysis Of An Electronic Voting System

1364 Words Jul 10th, 2016 6 Pages
Sharanya Prasath
Prof Ming Yang
IT security Analysis
9 July 2016

Security Analysis of an Electronic Voting System
Abstract
Fundamental right to vote or simply voting in elections forms the basis of democracy. Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) is a simple electronic device used to record votes in place of ballot papers and boxes which were used earlier in conventional voting system .With significant U.S. federal funds we now have replaced the outdated punch-card and mechanical voting systems, and are adopting paperless electronic voting systems from a number of different vendors. My analysis shows that this voting system is below the minimal security standards. Threats of computer viruses or hacker-orchestrated attacks are most commonly mentioned as problems that could compromise an election and public confidence in electronic voting. Other potential technical problems or issues include power outages or malfunctions in Internet connectivity as well as the possibility of servers shutting down or crashing. The reliable recording and storage of votes is also an important consideration, I conclude that this voting system is unsuitable for use in a general election. Any paperless electronic voting system might suffer similar flaws, despite any “certification” it could have otherwise received. I suggest that the best solutions are voting systems having a “voter-verifiable audit trail, “where a computerized voting system might print a paper ballot that can be read and verified…
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