Bernie Hirsch

Bernie Hirsch is the Chief Information/Security/Quality Officer of MicroVote General Corporation, the longest continuously operated voting system manufacturer in the USA. Under his leadership over the past 13 years MicroVote achieved the first federal certification of a voting system in our nation’s history, which is now considered critical infrastructure to the United States. MicroVote provides voting systems for over 50 Indiana counties, making it Indiana’s largest voting system vendor.

Over the past two years his role included development and certification of a new Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) printer to increase the resilience of our elections. After a successful trial last year, in 2020 Indiana will begin placing thousands of VVPAT printers in voting booths all across the state so that votes will be captured, stored and audited both electronically and on paper.

His certifications include NIST Cybersecurity Framework Practitioner and Exemplar Global ISO9001:2015 Lead Auditor. In recent years he has obtained a security clearance and been an active founding member of the Election Infrastructure Sector Coordinating Council. Bernie also holds a commercial pilot certificate, owns a 6-passenger aircraft and is an active Major in the Air Force Auxiliary as a volunteer search and rescue mission pilot.