Microsoft has announced an error rewards program for its ElectionGuard open source electoral software, which allows researchers to discover vulnerabilities and help strengthen electoral security. test by leveraging encryption to "allow a new era of secure and verifiable voting." It also allows individual voters to confirm that their votes were counted correctly.
"Security researchers play an integral role in the ecosystem by discovering and reporting vulnerabilities to Microsoft through the coordinated disclosure of vulnerabilities," said the Windows manufacturer.
The error reward offers security professionals, part-time hobbyists and students a reward of up to $ 15,000 for eligible presentations with a clear and concise proof of concept (POC) demonstrating how the high-impact vulnerability discovered could have an impact on the safety of its users.
ElectionGuard was off Officially launched in May, and last month, the company announced its general availability, making it possible for technology providers to integrate the software into their voting systems.
To this end, the company is working with vendors of electoral machines and local governments to implement the system in a pilot program for the next 2020 elections in the US. UU.
The measure is also part of the broader attempts of the tech giant under the "Democracy Defense Program" that seeks to protect political campaigns from cyber threats and defend against disinformation campaigns.
Microsoft has repeatedly emphasized the role of the technology industry in safeguarding electoral processes, stating that "addressing this threat to democracy will require significant new efforts by governments, technology companies […] as well as the academy and civil society. " So, it's good to see the company trying to do it right.