Defending Digital Democracy Project


The Defending Digital Democracy Project (D3P) was established in July 2017 with one goal: to help secure democratic elections against cybersecurity threats and information operations.

There are two groups on the frontlines of defending democracy: (1) political campaigns, which enable citizens to pursue elected office; and (2) election officials, who ensure the election process is free and fair.

Last year, they set out to provide campaign and election professionals with practical guides to the most applicable cybersecurity best practices in advance of the 2018 midterm elections. In November 2017, they released “The Campaign Cybersecurity Playbook” for campaign professionals.

Now, they are releasing a set of three playbooks designed to be used together by election administrators: “The State and Local Election Cybersecurity Playbook,” “The Election Cyber Incident Communications Coordination Guide,” and “The Election Incident Communications Plan Template.”

Defending Digital Democracy Project
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Harvard Kennedy School
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Statements and views expressed in these documents are solely those of the authors and do not
imply endorsement by Harvard University, the Harvard Kennedy School, or the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

State Local Election Cybersecurity Playbook

Election Cyber Incident Communications Coordination Guide

Election Cyber Incident Communications Template