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Fortify Software Ranks Security Of Voting Methods

Fortify Software Releases Voting Guide in Time for November Elections

New Study ranks manual and electronic voting methods to guide voters and government officials in choosing the most reliable voting option available

SAN MATEO, Calif., Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Fortify Software Inc., the market leader in enterprise application security solutions for Business Software Assurance, today released a report on the current state of voting systems in America including a guide to choosing the most secure voting method for the November elections. Furthermore, the study points to the lasting inadequacies of today's electronic voting software, and calls upon elections officials and voting machine manufacturers to work alongside government officials in establishing better security metrics for the development of e-voting software.

"In November, voters will participate in one of the most critical elections in U.S. history, and unfortunately many will still be at risk of inaccurate vote tallying and e-voting software vulnerabilities," says Brian Chess, Chief Scientist and Co-Founder of Fortify Software. "It is important for voters to understand the voting methods available as they go to the polls in order to make sure their vote is counted. The voting public must also urge government and manufacturers to adequately address the insecurities that remain in these systems and that weaken the integrity of our democratic process."

Fortify's report, Voting in America, recommends the following voting methods in order of most desirable to least desirable to voters this November:

1) Hand-Counted Paper
2) Optical Scan
3) Absentee
4) Direct Recording Electronic (DRE)
5) Lever Machine
6) Punch Card

While not all voting methods are available in every state or precinct, Fortify suggests that voters take advantage of the most secure option available to them.

"It is simply dangerous to rely on today's electronic voting machines to deliver a fair and accurate election," said Avi Rubin, Ph.D., Professor of Computer Science at John Hopkins University. "The software flaws we uncovered before the 2004 election continue to plague today's voting systems, and Fortify Software's study provides voters with a solid assessment of their voting options for this November."

Additionally, the study notes that the growth of large, urban voting populations continues to add to the complexity of the American voting system, and has made electronic voting systems crucial to achieving an inclusive elections process; however, today's software-based voting machines remain inherently insecure. The report also concludes that in order to accommodate to the growing voter population, government and voting machine manufacturers must work to ensure that these technologies are developed with both accuracy and security in mind.

"The technology used for voting machines is an innovation which our democracy depends on," adds Chess. "Elections officials and voting manufacturers need to focus on putting the right processes and technologies in place to make voting safe and reliable."

To access a full copy of the report, please visit: http://www.fortify.com/landing/assetsreg/evotingstudy.jsp.

ENDS

About Fortify Software, Inc.

Fortify(R)'s Business Software Assurance products and services protect companies from the threats posed by security flaws in business-critical software applications. Its software security suite - Fortify 360 - drives down costs and security risks by automating key processes of developing and deploying secure applications. Fortify Software's customers include government agencies and FORTUNE 500 companies in a wide variety of industries, such as financial services, healthcare, e-commerce, telecommunications, publishing, insurance, systems integration and information management. The company is backed by world-class teams of software security experts and partners. More information is available at http://www.fortify.com.

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