Trusted Network Technologies Protects Georgia and New Mexico Voting Systems on Eve of 2006 Elections.
States Meet Help America Vote Act The Help America Vote Act (HAVA, Pub.L. 107-252) is a United States federal law passed the House 357-48 and 92-2 in the Senate and was signed into law by President Bush on October 29, 2002. (HAVA) of 2002, Shield Voter Registration Voter registration is the requirement in some democracies for citizens to check in with some central registry before being allowed to vote in elections. An effort to get people to register is known as a voter registration drive. Centralized/compulsory vs. Lists from Illegitimate Access
ATLANTA -- Trusted Network Technologies, Inc. (TNT TNT: see trinitrotoluene.
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TNT's low-cost Identity[TM] software and appliance solution controls and audits all access to the states' voter registration systems, ensuring that only authorized election officials using government-owned computers can see and gain access to the network. Voter databases A voter database is a database containing information on voters for the purpose of assisting a political party or an individual politician in their Get out the vote (GOTV) efforts. remain "invisible" to everyone else.
"Protecting the voting process from potential threats - people acting either maliciously or carelessly - is the top priority to ensure the integrity of our elections," said Wes Peters, IT elections project coordinator for Georgia. "The fact is, people can't hack, or even access, what they can't see."
HAVA requires states to provide and protect a "single, uniform, official, centralized cen·tral·ize
v. cen·tral·ized, cen·tral·iz·ing, cen·tral·iz·es
1. To draw into or toward a center; consolidate.
2. , interactive, computerized statewide voter registration list." While the consolidated voter information streamlines election processes, it adds new levels of risk; hackers and insiders can target a single data source to compromise an election statewide. In response, states must grant and manage access for state and local election officials, and demonstrate that voting systems Noun 1. voting system - a legal system for making democratic choices
legal system - a system for interpreting and enforcing the laws are secure.
Identity in Action
TNT's Identity allows Georgia and New Mexico New Mexico, state in the SW United States. At its northwestern corner are the so-called Four Corners, where Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah meet at right angles; New Mexico is also bordered by Oklahoma (NE), Texas (E, S), and Mexico (S). to partition network access based on two criteria: the user's identity and the specific PC, Mac or terminal they use as a primary device. The benefits:
* States easily create and enforce policies that only permit authorized users authorized user Radiation physics A person who, having satisfied the applicable training and experience requirements, is granted authority to order radioactive material and accepts responsibility for its safe receipt, storage, use, transfer and disposal and devices to view computerized voter information.
* TNT's Identity provides comprehensive audit reports that show who connected to the voter registration systems, from what computer, and when. Reports show user and machine names instead of cryptic cryp·tic
1. Hidden or concealed.
2. Tending to conceal or camouflage, as the coloring of an animal. IP addresses and port numbers, drastically reducing resources required to manage auditing.
* States know when users unsuccessfully attempted access, identifying potential threats instantly.
* The solution is completely transparent to the end users, avoiding any need for mass training and costly support.
"Voter information is absolutely private," said Wain Kellum, president and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. of Trusted Network Technologies. "When citizens question the integrity of an election, everyone's credibility is at risk. These election officials are ensuring authenticity and creating comprehensive audit trails to protect this public trust."
TNT's Identity solution deploys in a single day. States can create completely custom controls for HAVA privacy, security and reporting requirements in days or weeks, creating policy incrementally to maintain continuous operations and availability while locking down database access.
Georgia bought Identity in December 2005, and New Mexico purchased in September 2006.
About Trusted Network Technologies, Inc.
TNT's identity audit and control solutions let companies see, control and prove who's interacting with any server or application, from what computer, and when. Colleges and universities, banks, healthcare providers, government agencies and others rely on TNT solutions to ensure appropriate access for trusted users and computers, safeguard sensitive data, verify policy compliance, and speed up audit data gathering. TNT solutions are low cost, fast to deploy, easy to manage and provide comprehensive visibility and control of interactions among all users, computers, groups, and specific assets and applications. For more information, visit www.trustednetworktech.com or call 888.566.9143.