A leading supplier of U.S. voting machines has confirmed the exposure of data from more than 1.8M Illinois residents. This included voter names, addresses, birth dates and partial Social Security numbers. John Suit, CTO at Trivalent, a leading provider of next generation data protection provides an insight on this breach below.

John Suit, CTO at Trivalent:

“The Chicago voter record exposure highlights the critical importance of data protection in the public sector. While it appears the data was promptly secured after the exposure was identified on an AWS server by an industry analyst, the breach exposed personally identifiable information (PII) of over 1.8M Illinois residents. This is yet another example of security coming up short in today’s digital world. Citizens are putting their trust in government organizations to protect their voter data when they come to the polls. The only way to ensure their information is never exposed is with next generation data protection solutions that protect citizens’ data, even in the event of insider threat or hacker breach.”

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