Defending Digital Democracy: How Security Professionals Can Help

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The 2016 and 2018 elections showed that digital threats to democracy are multiplying. Take a crash course on how officials across the US are securing elections by joining a simulation of 2020 under attack. Tables work together to defeat cyber and info ops. This interactive lab will end with an after-action review and tangible steps participants can take to make elections more secure.

Learning Objectives:
1: Understand the challenges that America’s frontline defenders face in protecting elections.
2: Learn about the threats and vulnerabilities facing our democracy.
3: Provide input to improve US defenses and training for officials and campaigns.

The session will provide a crash course in election systems, vulnerabilities and threats. Attendees only need to bring creativity, a desire to learn and a willingness to enjoy some of the game-isms that accompany any good table-top exercise/wargame.
Jordan D’Amato


Executive Director, Defending Digital Democracy Project (D3P), Belfer Center, Harvard

Mari Dugas


Project Coordinator, Cyber Security Project and D3P

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