As a long time cybersecurity research scientist and voting systems security specialist, my primary consulting area is elections security and integrity. My background includes formal, detailed systems review in support of state certification, election contests, international voting systems, internet voting adoption, and remote voting issues. My expertise is applicable to both defendant and plaintiff cases, particularly (but not exclusively) involving electronic voting systems.
- Computer Security
- Electronic Discovery
- Information Technology
- Intellectual Property
- Software Engineering
- Wireless Technology
- Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
- A: (1) Doctor of Philosophy, Computer Science, University of Virginia, 1996
(2) Master of Science, Computer Science, Naval Postgraduate School, 1986
(3) Bachelor of Science, Mathematics, Appalachian State University, 1979
- Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
- A: (A) Academic Full Time Positions
(1) Professor and Dean, School of Computer and Information Sciences, University of South Alabama, 2008 to present
(2) Associate Professor of Computer Science, Florida State University, August 2005-2008
(3) Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Florida State University, August 1999-2005
(4) Assistant Professor of Naval Science, University of Virginia, July 1990-October 1993
(B) Other Professional Positions
(1) Visiting Scholar, National Academy of Engineering, September 2006
(2) Associate Professor of Computer Science, Florida A&M University, M arch 2006
(3) Visiting Professor, Harris Corporation, Melbourne Florida, June 2002
(4) Officer, United States Marine Corps, May 1979- July 1999
(C) Professional Society Memberships
(1) Senior Member, IEEE
(2) Member, IEEE Computer Society
(3) Senior Member, ACM
- Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
- A: Taught over fifty courses in computer science, cybersecurity, and mathematics.
The following are examples of talks given:
(1) "Voting System Risk Analysis", Nat’l Association of State Election Directors (NASED). 2009 Summer Meeting, San Diego, CA, August 14-16, 2009
(2) "Risk in Voting Systems," International Association of Clerks, Recorders, Election Officials and Treasurers (IACREOT), July 7-11, 2009, Spokane, Washington
(3) "Considering Risk in Overseas Voting Systems", National Institute on Standards and Technology (NIST) meeting on UOCAVA Voting System Objectives, June 29-30, 2009, Gaithersburg, MD
(4) "No Status Quo for Military and Overseas Voters", Overseas Vote Foundation 2009 Third Annual UOCAVA Summit, February 5, 2009
(5) "Insider-free Computing," Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings 08302 "Countering Insider Threats", July 2008
(6) “Application Security”, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, October 26, 2007
(7) "The SAIT Diebold Report", The Election Verification Network, August 23, 2007, Middletown, CT
(8) “Security in Voting Systems: Removable Media and Secure Software”, National Association of State Elections Directors, August 11, 2007, New Orleans, La.
(9) "Security Aware Software", Tallahassee Technology Alliance, Tallahassee Florida, Sept 30, 2005, http://www.taltech.org
Testimony and Statements Before Government Proceedings
(1) Alec Yasinsac, written testimony the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee of House Administration, Voting Subcommittee hearing on "Military and Overseas voting, Problems and potential solutions", May 21, 2009, http://cha.house.gov/view_hearing.aspx?r=50
(2) Alec Yasinsac, Testimony before the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission Interdisciplinary Roundtable Discussion of TGDC
Proposed Voluntary Voting System Guidelines, May 5, 2008
(3) Alec Yasinsac, Written testimony to the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission Interdisciplinary Roundtable Discussion of TGDC Proposed Voluntary Voting System Guidelines, May 5, 2008, http://www.eac.gov/News/docs/testimony_alec_yasinsac_fsu/attachment_download/file
(4) Alec Yasinsac, Testimony before the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission Roundtable Discussion of Proposed Voluntary Voting System Guidelines, Austin, Texas, December 11, 2007
(5) "Software Independence", Alec Yasinsac, Written testimony to the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission Roundtable Discussion of Proposed Voluntary Voting System Guidelines, Austin, Texas, December 11, 2007, http://www.eac.gov/News/docs/2007-meetings-and-hearings-12-11-07-meeting-softwareindependence-yasinsac.pdf/attachment_download/file
(6) "Open Ended Vulnerability Testing", Alec Yasinsac, Written testimony to the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission Roundtable Discussion of Proposed Voluntary Voting System Guidelines, Austin, Texas, December 11, 2007, http://www.eac.gov/News/docs/2007-meetings-and-hearings-12-11-07-meeting-oevt-yasinsac.pdf/attachment_download/file
(7) Alec Yasinsac, “Voter Intent,” Comments on Florida preliminary draft rule 1S-2.027 for discussion at the workshop on November 29, 2007, November 28, 2007
(8) Alec Yasinsac, “Comments on Rule #1S-2.004. Procurement, Use and Assessment of Voting Systems,” Testimony before the Florida Department of State, Rules Meeting regarding Voting System Certification, June 10, 2006. http://election.dos.state.fl.us/laws/proposedrules/pdf/partA_pubCom_r1s_2_004_2_015.pdf (pages 21-24)
- Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
- A: No.
- Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
- A: I have been engaged as a paid consultant more than a dozen times in the past ten years.
- Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
- A: Primarily in elections and voting systems security.
- Yasinsac, A, and Pardue, H, “Voting System Risk Assessment: A Process Using Threat Trees,” Journal of Information Systems Applied Research, Vol. 4, Issue #1, April 2011, http://jisar.org/2011-4/N1/JISARv4n1p4.html
- Software Review and Security Analysis of the Diebold Voting Machine Software
- Software Review and Security Analysis of the ES&S iVotronic 126.96.36.199 Voting Machine Firmware
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