Time is of the essence

Securing the frontlines of democracy is AN NCC INITIATIVE SUPPORTED BY GOOGLE TO EMPOWER STATE LAWMAKERS AND STAFF WITH SMART CYBERSECURITY PRACTICES, AND TO RAISE AWARENESS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF SAFEGUARDING AND STRENGTHENING CYBERSECURITY.

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A 50-state initiative to empower

The importance of safeguarding and strengthening each state’s cybersecurity is at the forefront of our national discourse – and for good reason. The average American doesn’t have a deep understanding of proper cyber protocols and preventative practices, and they aren’t confident their elected officials do either. In addition, the threat environment has never been so vast.

State and non-state actors seek to compromise the U.S.’s democratic institutions through a wide array of potential cyber-attacks. This initiative seeks to prevent that – by starting at the state level. By training state lawmakers, this initiative takes training directly to the frontlines of our democracy – the lawmakers most closely representing everyday Americans – and ensures they are well versed on the threat environment as well as how to mitigate and protect against potential attacks.

The curriculum

The nationwide training curriculum will prepare lawmakers and statehouse staff to be vigilant against cyber threats by offering a deep dive into:

Don’t get d.u.p.e.d.

Deploy Multi-Factor Authentication
Update your software
Passwords must be strong
Encrypt your files
Don’t click on things you shouldn’t

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