About the organization
The elections office in a U.S. state wanted a more secure, efficient, and cost-effective way to protect access to voter registration databases in all counties across the state. The election office is primarily responsible for ensuring voter data is secure and up-to-date because this information determines who is eligible to vote in any given election.
The challenge: Securing access to state voter registration databases
Protecting the integrity of voter registration data is one of the biggest security concerns in every U.S. state today. Voter records, which include information such as name, date of birth, address, and voting history, are maintained by the state. Concerns over database hacking motivated the state elections office to take a proactive approach and look at more secure methods of authentication, such as moving to two-factor authentication (2FA). The office then conducted a search for a solution that met the state’s top three requirements: compliance with industry security standards, cost control, and ease-of-use.
To meet these goals, the election office first enhanced password requirements. While other security measures were considered, these options either didn’t meet compliance requirements or were too cumbersome for the end user. Finally, an IT security specialist working with the elections office recommended YubiKeys, which met all of the state’s top requirements for meeting compliance standards, budget constraints, and simplicity.