Venafi Study: 86 Percent of German Security Professionals Say Election Data is at Risk

Eighty-four percent believe election data is vulnerable when moved
from local polling stations to central aggregation points

SALT LAKE CITY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#CybersecurityVenafi®,
the leading provider of machine identity protection, today announced the
results of a study on the security of election infrastructure in
Germany. The study included responses from 305 German security
professionals who are responsible for encryption in their own

According to the study, 86 percent of security professionals are
concerned about cyber attacks targeting election data or infrastructure.
In addition, 84 percent believe cyber criminals are likely to target
election data as it is transmitted from local polling stations to
central aggregation points.

“German security professionals uniquely understand the risks to free and
accurate elections,” said Kevin Bocek, chief cyber security strategist
for Venafi. “Last year, it was shown that German election infrastructure
software could
be easily hacked
– leading to the possibility of tampered tabulation
and transmission of results. Adversaries want to raise doubts about our
democracies, thus they are concentrating on voting tabulations to raise
doubts about our elections.”

Additional findings from the study include:

  • Ninety-four percent believe election systems, including voting
    machines, software and back-end systems, should be considered critical
  • When asked which parts of their election infrastructure are most
    vulnerable to cyber attackers:

    • Sixty-one percent say voting machines that collect election data.
    • Sixty percent say back-end systems that aggregate election data.
    • Forty-one percent say communications between back-end election
  • Fifty-seven percent believe the potential damage from cyber attacks
    targeting election systems is more serious than the potential damage
    from election tampering efforts that target social media.

Bocek concludes: “It’s no surprise to see nearly all German security
professionals agree that voting infrastructure is under attack.
Ultimately, the back-end systems that transmit, aggregate, tabulate,
validate and store election data are as vulnerable to cyber attacks as
voting machines.”

Additional Resources:

Venafi German Security Survey – Election Protection

Venafi Research: Is German Election Infrastructure Safe From Cyber

About Venafi

Venafi is the cybersecurity market leader in machine identity
protection, securing connections and communications between machines.
Venafi protects machine identity types by orchestrating cryptographic
keys and digital certificates for SSL/TLS, IoT, mobile and SSH. Venafi
provides global visibility of machine identities and the risks
associated with them for the extended enterprise—on premises, mobile,
virtual, cloud and IoT—at machine speed and scale. Venafi puts this
intelligence into action with automated remediation that reduces the
security and availability risks connected with weak or compromised
machine identities while safeguarding the flow of information to trusted
machines and preventing communication with machines that are not trusted.

With over 30 patents, Venafi delivers innovative solutions for the
world’s most demanding, security-conscious Global 5000 organizations,
including the top five U.S. health insurers; the top five U.S. airlines;
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