On August 25 Adam Clayton Powell III, Executive Director, USC Election Security and Information Project, and John Voket, Associate Editor, The Newtown Bee, presented a webinar for NENPA University about the content of the USC Election Cybersecurity Initiative.
The initiative is a new non-partisan independent project, supported by Google, to provide tools and information to protect U.S. campaigns and elections from cyber attacks. The project is conducting cybersecurity workshops in all 50 states.
The tools and information provided by the project to defend and respond to potential cyber attacks apply to many businesses and people in the public eye – including all media companies and their reporters, editors, and on-air personalities that are at risk for cyber attacks to spread disinformation and misinformation.
These sessions are essential for journalists and anyone involved in elections and campaigns: staffers, candidates, state parties, and state and local election workers. They are designed to educate people in campaigns and elections about best practices to protect and defend against cyber attacks.
The content includes three areas of election security:
– Cyber Safety & Security
– Disinformation and Misinformation
– Crisis Communication