Stung by Russian hackers intent on swaying the 2016 presidential election, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) has put considerable resources into shoring up cybersecurity and on Friday releases a checklistmeant to secure campaign and candidate devices.
“The checklist is exactly that: a list of steps you can complete and then check off,” DNC CSO Bob Lord said in a blog post. “The goal is to print it out, and run through it line by line.”
The guidance covers encryption, passwords, PINs, two-factor authentication, email safeguards and the importance of security updates. “If you are working in a political party or on a campaign, and you have a personal Gmail account, please enroll in Google’s Advanced Protection program,” the DNC advised, explaining the program “uses a physical key to log you into your Gmail account, and dramatically reduces the risk of getting phished.”
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