Crowdsourced Cybersecurity Leader Synack Offers Pro Bono Security Testing Services to States to Secure Elections before Midterms

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Crowdsourced Security Leader Synack Launches “Secure the Election” Initiative to Provide Pro Bono Security Testing to States Ahead of Midterms

Securing Midterm Elections

Securing Midterm Elections

Earlier today, Synack CEO and Co-Founder Jay Kaplan sent a letter to the Secretaries of State of all 50 states, offering to help states secure voting systems before the 2018 midterm elections.

During the 2016 presidential election, Illinois and Arizona were hacked, leaving hundreds of thousands Illinoisan personal voter records compromised. A year later, the US informed 21 states that their election systems had also been targeted by hackers. As Russia has been accused of state-sponsored hacking and election meddling by American and European nation-states over the past two years, cyber attacks are proving to be significant and powerful on the world’s political stage.

It’s no question that election systems will be a top target for adversaries this election cycle as well. Democracy is under attack. What will it take to fully button up the nation’s security ahead of November midterm elections?

Today, Synack put a solution in front of states. The leader in crowdsourced security testing is launching the “Secure the Election” initiative, a bipartisan effort to bring together the best American security talent and tools to help American states build their attacker resistance. Earlier today, Synack CEO and Co-Founder Jay Kaplan sent a letter to the Secretaries of State of all 50 states, offering to help states secure voting systems before the 2018 midterm elections. Between now and the midterms, the crowdsourced security company is offering pro bono crowdsourced security testing services to any state that wants to harden its election system against attack.

Securing Elections Takes A Crowd

Security resources are limited everywhere. The majority of states have under 15 FTEs on their enterprise security teams, and <7% of states are able to conduct third party penetration testing more than annually. States aren’t the only ones that face this challenge - worldwide, Cybersecurity Ventures predicts a 3.5M person cyber talent shortage by 2021. Governments and enterprises alike simply don’t have the scale necessary to rigorously test their full attack surface.

Synack’s secure crowdsourced security testing provides security by America for America - by harnessing a crowd of skilled, vetted security researchers that are motivated to serve their country and enabling them with proprietary technology to solve tough security challenges. Synack’s crowd, The Synack Red Team, stands ready to help states find security flaws quickly, before the adversary can exploit them.

One Step Ahead of the Adversary

Before another election is hacked, Synack’s “Secure the Election” initiative will help states harden their voting systems against attack. Synack’s pro bono service looks for vulnerabilities in remotely-accessible voter registration databases and online voter registration websites from a hacker’s perspective. Synack’s crowd of researchers discovers vulnerabilities left undetected by other solutions and then helps to remediate them before an adversary can exploit them on election day.

To learn more, visit Synack's “Secure the Election” webpage. To join Synack in taking action, email

About Synack
Synack, the leader in crowdsourced security testing, provides real security to the modern enterprise. We leverage the world’s most trusted ethical hackers and an industry-leading platform to find critical security issues before criminals can exploit them. Organizations no longer have to choose between working with the best security talent and a lack of time, resources, or trust. Headquartered in Silicon Valley with regional offices around the world, Synack has protected over 100 global organizations by reducing their security risk and increasing their resistance to cyber attack.

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