About this Event
The USC Election Cybersecurity Initiative is a nonpartisan, independent project designed to inform and educate people in campaigns and elections on the importance of election cybersecurity. Supported by generous funding from Google, this year we will be conducting regional online workshops for all 50 states.
Because of restrictions on meetings and travel, we will conduct virtual workshops of up to two hours, providing best practices in election cybersecurity and cyber safety. These workshops will be specific to each region and feature regional thought-leaders. They will showcase and discuss the best and most up to date practices in cybersecurity and cyber safety, and how they can be applied to campaigns and elections. The workshops will include updates with up-to-the-minute reports on new developments and resources available from federal agencies.
Designed for general audiences rather than technical specialists, our sessions are led by cybersecurity experts from government, industry, research and academia. They will include simple tools and practices that can help keep our democratic process safe. We will present material particularly relevant to anyone associated with campaigns and elections, including candidates, campaign workers, political parties, media and state and local election workers.
Who should attend: Anyone who touches campaigns and elections, including but not limited to candidates, campaign workers, political parties and state and local election workers. Designed for general audiences and technical specialists alike, topic modules will be led by election and cybersecurity experts from the public, private, research, and academic sectors.
Each program will address three topics:
- Cybersecurity and Cyber Safety
- Disinformation and Misinformation
- Crisis Response
- Adam Clayton Powell, III Executive Director, USC Election Cybersecurity Initiative
Speakers will include:
- Clifford Neuman, Director, USC Center for Computer Systems Security; Scientist, USC Information Sciences Institute; and Associate Professor of Computer Science Practice, USC Viterbi School of Engineering
- Sarah Mojarad, Lecturer, USC Viterbi School of Engineering
- Dave Quast, Crisis Communications and Public Affairs Consultant; and Adjunct Faculty, USC Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism
- Maurice Turner, Cybersecurity Fellow, Alliance for Securing Democracy, German Marshall Fund of the United States, and USC Election Security Analyst
- Marie Harf, International Elections Analyst, USC Election Cybersecurity Initiative
Regional Thought Leadership Speakers will include:
- Mike Murphy, Co-Director, USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future, University of Southern California
- Bob Shrum, Director, USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future; and Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics
- Brian Sandoval, Former Governor of Nevada and President of University of Nevada, Reno
- More to come!
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