Monday, October 27, 2008

Confidentiality, Integrity and Authentication

In the world of information security, there is a three acronym core to the premise: CIA (Confidentiality, Integrity and Authentication). This same three letter acronym is applicable to voting.

In security, there is need to address the confidentiality of the data -- be it static or in transit. This is typically accomplished by cryptography. Likewise, ensuring the data being accessed is accurate -- has not been changed in route or within a data file -- is accomplished by cryptography. Identifying who or which application can access the data store, and what authority the entity has once access is granted, is critical to the balanced CIA equation.

In voting, not only should the vote be recorded and counted as the voter intended, it is essential that the integrity of the vote, the authenticity vote and access to the polls be assured.

Elections are rarely done with security in mind. Even a political novice knows about the "vote early and vote often" ways of Chicago politics. In the lead-up to this year's election, we have voter fraud galore. The problem we find ourselves in today is that the political parties are only interested in the fraud that suits them.

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) have been caught in over a dozen states for filing fictitious voter registrations. Democrats do not care. They do not think hearings are required. Even if they did, they claim it is too close to the election to bother at this time.

Democrats want to make sure every voter has access to the polls. Few would disagree with this. However, according to the law, everyone does not have a right to vote. Felons are not allowed to vote. Non-citizens are not allowed to vote. Dead people are not allowed to vote. Fictitious entities are not allowed to vote. Many Democrats think they should. Those in power will not acknowledge this because they are the beneficiaries of the fraud.

Congress put the voter fraud statutes on the books, and [the Department of] Justice is obliged to enforce them.

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