Saturday, October 29, 2016

Kaspersky Lab Cyber Security Case Study of Digital Voting

Kaspersky Lab is the world’s largest privately-held vendor of endpoint protection, operating in more than 200 Countries and Territories worldwide.

They invited teams from Universities across the world to submit a proposal to solve a cyber security issue. Kaspersky Lab will select the best three proposals, and the People's Choice winner rests in your hands.


First place team receives $10,000
Second place receives $5,000
Third place receives $3,000
People’s Choice receives $3,000

Challenge Summary:

Technology has the potential to change everything it touches. But can it play a greater positive role in Democracy and the way people make the most important decisions about the future of their Countries? Digital Voting brings up a new frontier of challenges: from guaranteeing the anonymity of the voters to the prevention of fraud, all the while needing to ensure the security of the voting system itself. One small vulnerability or oversight could very well change the course of a Nation’s history.

Blockchain technology could hold the key to a solution for securing digital voting systems. However, there are issues that need to be addressed before we can rely on this technology to seal our fate. Your job is to design a blockchain-compliant system for digital voting that addresses the following security challenges to provide a reliable digital platform for Democracy. We recommend that you provide a working proof of concept.

Privacy and the Ability to Check Votes
How will your digital voting system ensure voter privacy? How will you guarantee that each voter is unique and can still test how their vote was tallied?

Voting under Duress
Since voting may no longer occur in a secure space, how will you mitigate the risk of voting under duress? Will your solution pose performance issues or present new abuse potential? If so, how will you address these?

Availability of Interim Results
Where Countries may legally prohibit the publication of interim results, how will your digital voting system ensure that data cannot be seen until the end of the voting process?

How will you handle undecided voters or those who wish to abstain? How can you ensure that these ‘blank’ votes aren’t being used to fraudulently support a candidate?

Voting Aftermath
Once the votes have been counted, there is always the possibility that voters will contest the Election. What mechanism is in place to address these claims?

CLICK HERE to see which Universities are participating and read their solutions.

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