Security of Electronic Pollbooks

This topic is for discussions of security-related issues associated with the ElectronicPollbooksUseCase

ePollbook architecture and work flow

Security Considerations

Information Types:

  • Names and addresses of voters
  • Mapping to precincts and ballot styles
Security Objectives and Impact Levels
  • Confidentiality: Moderate
  • Integrity: Moderate
  • Availability: Moderate
  • Scenarios include:
    • Standalone electronic pollbooks
    • Networked electronic pollbooks
  • ePollbooks store personally-identifiable information, some of which may be sensitive.
  • Loss of availability or integrity of the ePollbook system or data could be highly disurptive.
    • Provisional ballots provide a fallback option in the event of a failure, but the time and effort required to process provisional ballots is significant.
  • ePollbooks may be networked to a VRDB, either in real-time or at regular intervals.

VVSG Security Gap Analysis

Applicability of the VVSG 1.1 and/or draft VVSG 2.0

  • VVSG 1.1: Covered for ballot activation only. Ref: VVSG1.1-Volume 1- 2.3.1, 2.3.2
  • VVSG 2.0: Covered for ballot activation only. Ref: VVSG2- Part 1- 1.1.4, 7.5
Estimated Level-of-Effort to Address
  • General security guidelines would broadly apply to ePollbooks
  • Minimal changes required to support standalone ePollbooks
  • Moderate changes required to support networked ePollbooks
Gap Areas
  • Telecommunications requirements for networked ePollbooks
  • Need to re-evaluate wireless security requirements (VVSG1.1-7.7, generally prohibited by VVSG 2.0)
  • Potential overlap/links to VrdbSecurity

Related Resources:

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