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[Event Recording] The basics of cybersecurity

Our partner Defending Digital Campaigns (DDC) is a nonprofit C4, nonpartisan and non-aligned organization providing access to cybersecurity products, services and information regardless of party affiliation.  

Their mission is to secure our democratic campaign process by providing eligible campaigns and political parties, committees, and related organizations with knowledge, training, and resources to defend themselves from cyber threats.

In this session, we heard from Michael Kaiser, President & CEO of DDC, on the basics of cybersecurity and how to address your primary risks as a political campaign heading into the 2022 midterms. We reviewed how to:

  • Protect accounts with a security key and strong authentication making it difficult for unauthorized people to access accounts
  • Use a password manager for creating and storing strong passwords
  • Protect your website from being defaced or brought down
  • Use encrypted communications to keep sensitive information away from prying eyes
  • Secure shared accounts accessed by multiple users
  • Prepare for a cyber incident be ready to act and maintain continuity of operations
  • Create a culture of cybersecurity through training and policy


About the speaker: 

Michael Kaiser, President & CEO of DDC

Michael Kaiser is the President and CEO of Defending Digital Campaigns (DDC).  He is an internationally known cybersecurity expert, with more than 13 years of cybersecurity education and awareness experience. Prior to DDC, Mr. Kaiser was the Executive Director of the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) where he led NCSA’s efforts promoting a safer, more secure, and trusted Internet, including signature programs such as National Cyber Security Awareness Month. 

Earlier in his career, Mr. Kaiser held executive management positions at the National Center for Victims of Crime in Washington, DC, and Safe Horizon in New York City. 

In 1999, he co-authored with his wife Laura Fisher Kaiser, The Official eBay Guide to Buying, Selling and Collecting Just About Anything.