Swiss Post’s e-voting project is moving into the next phase: Swiss Post is publishing a further system component – the source code of its beta version – and is launching a global bug bounty programme. The company is consistently publishing the details of its e-voting system. This is to ensure its system meets the highest security standards. Experts and system testers around the world have been invited to share their ideas and the findings of their analysis with Swiss Post.
Swiss Post will be subjecting its e-voting system to a public hacker test from 25 February to 24 March 2019. This will fulfil the directives issued by the Swiss Confederation and cantons. The test – known as an intrusion test – will allow registered IT specialists to put the system through its paces by attempting to manipulate the result of a fictitious ballot contest. Swiss Post will incorporate the results of the hacker test into the development of its e-voting system. Swiss Post publishes today the source code to its system, which independent experts can scrutinize to prepare thoroughly for the intrusion test. This rare approach is not causing any sleepless nights for Denis Morel, Head of E-voting at Swiss Post, as he reveals in our interview. But he is always curious about the creativity and sophistication of highly specialized hackers.