Following the news, that Georgia state officials are investigating the theft last week of equipment from a Cobb County precinct manager’s car that could make every Georgia voter’s personal information vulnerable to theft. While the stolen machine, an ExpressPoll unit, cannot be used to fraudulently vote in today’s Georgia House special election, the device does contain a copy of the statewide voter file, which includes voter drivers’ license numbers, addresses and other data. Ermis Sfakiyanudis, CEO at Trivalent commented below.

Ermis Sfakiyanudis, CEO at Trivalent:

Ermis Sfakiyanudis“The Cobb County voter data breach highlights the critical importance of data protection on mobile devices and “smart” technology, which have become widely used across a variety of industries as they continue to digitize. This is especially significant for industries like the public sector that access and store sensitive information including proprietary government correspondence, voter records and personally identifiable information (PII). Government organizations must gain a better handle on the devices their employees use both in the office and in the field with data protection that goes beyond traditional encryption. If the stolen ExpressPoll unit had included such protection, officials could assure voters their data will remain useless to any unauthorized parties trying to access it as a result of the breach.”

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