On this last day of 2006, it seemed fitting to (finally) post the conclusion to the voting security series (it was delayed due to an ear infection and my lack of desire to finalize the recording). Now, from sunny Key West, I wanted to make sure we ended the year strong.

No end of year reflections, but in looking at the lessons learned, I realized that voting security and security in general have a lot more in common that we may realize at first glance. The good news, then, is that in 2007 we can continue to improve the way we practice security… and we may also be able to help improve the way our electronic voting systems work.

When listening to this interview, it may make sense to check out some of the diagrams and pictures from the punch scan website: www.punchscan.org

I really am impressed not only by the solution punch scan proposes, but by the energy and dedication of the punch scan team. I hope this solution is tested in 2007 and starts to gain more momentum. I plan to keep in touch with punch scan and support them as they continue to move forward.

I’m going to ring in the New Year wearing shorts and hanging out on the docks… and then I’ll be using some of the time here to think about and plan for the upcoming year. Expect more programming and more features designed to help you improve the way you explain and practice security in 2007. And expect to see the launch of the catalyst community (to support your efforts) as well as some additional programming, features and a book!

Yup, 2007 promises to be an exciting year for us all!

Thanks for your continued support, ideas, suggestions and passion. Especially your passion.

About the Author Michael Santarcangelo

The founder of Security Catalyst, Michael develops exceptional leaders and powerful communicators with the security mindset for success.

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