Cybersecurity for State Leaders is an initiative driven by NCC, supported by Google, to train all 50 state legislatures on cybersecurity best practices. This program aims to educate state lawmakers and staff on ways to strengthen defenses against digital attacks.

what we cover

  • The ecosystem of cybersecurity
  • How and why cyber attacks work
  • Best practices on how to protect yourself against cyber threats, i.e. how to not get D.U.P.E.D.:
    • Deploy multi-factor authentication
    • Update software regularly
    • Passwords – make them strong!
    • Encrypt files/folders, and backups
    • Don’t click on things you shouldn’t (and what to do if you accidentally do!)


Cybersecurity is more important than ever. Elected officials face a growing number of challenges and threats from bad actors online. That is why it is necessary to ensure legislators are well versed on the ways in which they can protect themselves from cyber attacks. 

Bad actors seek to compromise the U.S.’s democratic institutions through a wide array of potential cyber attacks. By training state lawmakers, this initiative takes training directly to the frontlines of our democracy and ensures legislators are well versed on the threat environment as well as how to mitigate and protect against potential attacks.

when, where & how

The National Cybersecurity Center will be delivering the no-cost briefing virtually in all 50 states, and U.S. territories.

Lawmakers and their staff will have the opportunity to hear from national experts on a variety of cybersecurity issues, and will learn practical tools to start using immediately to stay cyber-safe.

Those who successfully complete the briefing demonstrate their commitment to improving the cybersecurity of their state, and defending the democratic institutions that they serve.