Workshop: Campaign Cyber Defense
Robby Mook, Defending Digital Democracy Project at the Belfer Center, Harvard University
Jake Braun, University of Chicago
Cheryl Davis, former National Security Council, currently Managing Director FTI Consulting
Danny Rogers, Terbium Labs, Security Fellow Truman National Security Project
Ron Ford, Department of Homeland Security, New England Cybersecurity Advisor
Hans Olson, Assistant Undersecretary of Homeland Security and Senior Advisor, Anti-terrorism and Cyber Security
Andrea "Andy" Coville, Brodeur Partners
Joe Trippi, Founder & CEO, Trippi.co
Michael Figueroa, CISSP, Executive Director of the ACSC
8:30 - 9:00: Registration
9:00 - 9:10: Opening Remarks with Michael Figueroa, ACSC
GOVERNMENT SUPPORT BLOCK
9:10 - 9:20 The National Security Perspective with Cheryl DavisCheryl will discuss the national security perspective focusing attention on how the national security agencies are looking at the 2018 midterm election and what support campaigns can expect from them.
9:20 - 9:30 The Federal Agency Perspective with Ron FordRon will discuss what resources are available from DHS, what indicators political campaign staff should look for that may indicate a reportable event, and who they should contact. Ron will also provide some insight into how DHS is preparing for the 2018 midterm elections and what top suggestions the agency would like to convey to campaign staff.
9:30 - 9:40 The Commonwealth Perspective with Hans OlsonHans will discuss what resources are available from the state, how campaigns can most effectively open communication paths with the state and local officials, and who they should contact about cybersecurity issues.
9:40 - 11:00 Government Panel Discussion, moderator Michael FigueroaCheryl, Ron, and Hans will field questions from the moderator and the audience in an open discussion of resources available to campaigns and what campaign staff should expect from various government interests. Expected topics include the lines between Federal, State, and Local government and individual campaign responsibilities, responding to potential attacks, and information and intelligence sharing.
11:00 - 11:15 Break
CAMPAIGN OPERATIONS BLOCK
11:15 - 11:45 Defending Digital Democracy with Robby MookRobby will introduce Defending Digital Democracy, walk through the available playbooks, and what the project plans to do as they head into the mid-terms. He will also discuss some results from recent tabletop exercises and what campaigns can learn to improve their cyber readiness.
Noon - 12:15 Choose from a selection of deluxe brown bag lunches
12:15 - 12:45 Lunch with Group Discussion Facilitated with Michael Figueroa. We encourage attendees to get to know each other and share effective practices for campaign defense. The ACSC will help spark conversation with a series of questions and challenges.
12:45 - 1:15 The Weaponization of the Dark Web with Danny RogersDanny will help campaign staff understand what the dark web is and how it is being used to coordinate attacks on political campaigns in the U.S. Danny will walk through a case study so workshop participants can gain better understanding of what the bad guys are doing and gain a sense for what resources are available to them to better defend themselves from attack.
1:15 - 1:45 . Integrating Cybersecurity into Daily Campaign Operations with Jake BraunJake will draw on his experience working both in the field and in campaign headquarters to discuss how campaign staff should be thinking about day-to-day security. He will share his insights for how campaigns should plan to respond to incidents and how to best leverage government resources.
1:45 - 2:15 Campaign Operations Support Discussion, moderator Michael FigueroaRobby, Danny, and Jake will field questions from the moderator and the audience in an open discussion of what industry resources are available to support campaign cyber defense and what key things campaign staff should be doing to implement baseline protections for campaign operations.
2:15 - 2:30 Break
RESPONDING TO MISINFORMATION ATTACKS
2:30 - 3:15 Experiences with Misinformation and Reputation Attacks with Andy Coville & Joe TrippiAndy will cover the measures that campaigns can put in place to prevent or mitigate an attack. Joe will cover what happens once an attack occurs and how you can respond with an effective plan including addressing attribution and what techniques campaigns can use to rise above the noise.
3:15 - 3:30 Closing RemarksMichael Figueroa will wrap-up with key points for campaign staffers to think about as we close out the workshop. Attendees will leave with several tools to improve cybersecurity at their campaigns.
Many of our speakers are well known in the cybersecurity and campaign space. Learn more about them below and you can register for the event here.
Cheryl Davis is a Managing Director for Cybersecurity at FTI Consulting. Prior to joining FTI, she served as the Director for Cyber Response Policy at the U.S. National Security Council, where she led the development of whole-of-government responses to malicious cyber activity that threatened the United States and its allies. She coordinated the implementation of the bilateral U.S.–China Four Point Agreement, which set the rules for theft of intellectual property by nation-state actors. Before serving on the National Security Council, Ms. Davis was the Principal Director for Cyber Policy at the Department of Homeland Security, where she worked to coordinate and unify the Department’s cyber policy positions. She also has served on the staff of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where she focused on cyber and intelligence policy issues.
Ron Ford has over 15 years of experience in cybersecurity within the Federal Government. He has substantial experience in government-wide strategy, policy, governance, and public-private engagement to include co-authoring the National Cyber Incident Response Plan and Presidential Policy Directive 41 on U.S. Cyber Incident Coordination. Ron currently serves as the DHS Regional Cybersecurity Advisor in New England with direct interaction to the public sector, private sector, and academia on promoting partnerships and a more resilient environment.
Hans Olson possesses a unique combination of national security operations and entrepreneurial start-up experience. Currently, he is the Assistant Undersecretary for Homeland Security and Senior Advisor, Antiterrorism and Cyber Security policy for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He has successfully planned and conducted global intelligence and contingency operations, and his expertise spans start-ups, expeditionary energy solutions, intelligence operations, and cyber and information security.
Robby Mook is a Senior Fellow at the Defending Digital Democracy project at the Harvard Belfer Center, a non-partisan group dedicated to improving security during elections. He is a CNN political commentator. Robby also was a state director, strategist and campaign manager for Hillary Clinton in 2008 and 2016, and served as the Executive Director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2012.
Jake Braun has over 15 years of experience in the development and implementation of strategic direction for complex, high profile national security initiatives. He works across technology, intelligence systems and transformational communications programs. Jake was the Director of White House and Public Liaison for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) where he was instrumental in the passage of the unprecedented Passenger Name Record (PNR) Agreement, one of the largest big data agreements in history. The PNR agreement served to enhance data protection and address privacy concerns between the United States and the European Union. In addition, he worked on the development and implementation of the Homeland Security Advisory Council’s Task Force on CyberSkills.
Danny Rogers is the CEO & Founder of Terbium Labs. He is also a Security Fellow at the Truman National Security Project. He his work focuses on global trends and the importance of knowing where one's data is on the dark web. He also writes about privacy, regulation, and data fingerprints.
Andrea "Andy" Coville is CEO at Brodeur Partners. She leads a multidisciplinary communications agency focusing on full-service communications, digital strategies, social change and business consulting. She has deep experience with brand development and reputational management. Her work includes public affairs, experiential marketing, policy, online strategy and branding.
Joe Trippi has been at the forefront of movement politics for nearly 30 years. Trippi began his political career working on Edward M. Kennedy’s presidential campaign in 1980 and has worked on numerous presidential, gubernatorial, senate, and congressional campaigns ever since. Joe was one of the first to develop online campaign messaging, online small donor initiatives, and using online community development tools. He worked on both the 2004 Howard Dean and 2008 Barack Obama Presidential Campaigns.
Michael Figueroa is the Executive Director of the Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC). Michael and the ACSC focus on bringing together the organizations that make New England one of the most recognized regions for cyber security innovation and excellence. The ACSC specifically works on improving cyber resilience, workforce development and policy.
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