Skip to content
Subscriber Only
Technology
Cybersecurity

Safest Voting Method Is Using Paper, Leading Cyber Expert Says

  • CrowdStrike co-founder says voting is hardest thing to secure
  • U.S. presidential election result may take days to determine
An election official sits in a chair while waiting for voters to arrive at a polling station in Miami, Florida, on March 17.

An election official sits in a chair while waiting for voters to arrive at a polling station in Miami, Florida, on March 17.

Photographer: Jayme Gershen/Bloomberg

Election voting is the cybersecurity industry’s most difficult challenge, and casting ballots on paper is the safest option against any digital disruptions, says CrowdStrike Holdings co-founder and former Chief Technology Officer Dmitri Alperovitch.

“Voting is the hardest thing to secure when it comes to cybersecurity,” Alperovitch said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday. “The only way we know how to do it well and safely is by using paper.” The best ways to ensure that a digital hack won’t happen, he said, are in-person voting and ballots that are either mailed in or dropped off at collection sites.