In an effort to enhance voting security for the upcoming US Presidential Election [1] [2], major US voting equipment manufacturers have voluntarily allowed cybersecurity experts to stress-test their systems [3]. This marks a significant shift in the relationship between manufacturers and security researchers [1], as it is the first time manufacturers have offered their systems for external review [1] [2].


Election Systems & Software [3], Hart InterCivic [3], and Unisyn have granted researchers access to their software and hardware to identify vulnerabilities [3]. The program, known as coordinated vulnerability disclosure [3], aims to increase transparency and debunk conspiracy theories surrounding election equipment [3]. The results of the testing are still being processed, but vendors are already making security protocol adjustments based on the findings. This program is a step towards addressing vulnerabilities and enhancing transparency in the testing process.

The initiative was organized by the IT-ISAC’s Elections Industry Special Interest Group (EI-SIG) as part of a larger program focused on addressing cyber threats to election systems [1]. It provided an opportunity for cybersecurity experts to understand the complexity and gravity of election systems as a security target [1], while also allowing voting service providers to gain insight into potential vulnerabilities [1]. Overall, the program has successfully brought together manufacturers and researchers to strengthen election security.


This collaborative effort between manufacturers and cybersecurity experts has had a positive impact on election security. By allowing external review and making necessary adjustments based on the findings, voting gear companies are taking proactive steps to address threats and misinformation. This program not only enhances transparency in the testing process but also helps debunk conspiracy theories surrounding election equipment. Moving forward, this initiative sets a precedent for future collaborations and highlights the importance of ongoing efforts to strengthen election security.