Defending Digital Democracy

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Foreign governments have hacked campaigns for over a decade, from the Chinese breach of the 2012 Romney campaign to the infamous 2016 Russian hacking of the DNC and Democratic staff. This session will discuss the election threat landscape, Defending Digital Democracy’s work, and why it's so urgent that academia and the private sector address the cyberthreat to our elections in the absence of government action.

Learning Objectives:
1: Learn how campaigns are using the Cybersecurity Campaign Playbook to help assess and reduce risk
2: Understand potential impact of foreign governments on voting systems and results
3: Understand how Defending Digital Democracy, a bipartisan project at Harvard University's Belfer Center, has brought together experts from technology, politics, national security, cybersecurity and elections to create practical tools to use to reduce vulnerability and mitigate the impact of a breach

Siobhan Gorman


Partner, Brunswick Group

Robby Mook


Campaign Manager, Clinton-Kaine 2016 Presidential Campaign

Debora Plunkett


Former Director of Information Assurance, NSA

Matt Rhoades


Founder, Definers Public Affairs

Eric Rosenbach


Co-Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

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