The Cybersecurity Campaign Playbook: Global Edition

Monday, May 21, 2018

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This Global Edition of the Defending Digital Democracy Cybersecurity Campaign Playbook was written by a multi-partisan and international team of experts in cybersecurity, politics, and law to provide simple, actionable ways of countering the growing cyber threat.

Cyber adversaries don’t discriminate. Campaigns at all levels—not just high-profile national campaigns—have been hacked. You should assume you are a target. While the recommendations in this playbook apply universally, it is primarily intended for campaigns that don’t have the resources to hire professional cybersecurity staff. We offer basic building blocks of a cybersecurity risk mitigation strategy that people without technical training can implement (although we include some things which will require the help of an information technology professional).

These are baseline recommendations, not a comprehensive reference to achieve the highest level of security possible. We encourage all campaigns to enlist professional input from credentialed information technology and cybersecurity professionals whenever possible.


A Slovenian casts his ballot in a box bearing a European Union crest at a polling station in Grosuplje near Ljubljana, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2004. Credit: AP Photo/Darko Bandic

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Author: Robby Mook, Matt Rhoades, Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Publisher: National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, International Republican Institute, Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
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