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Cybersecurity Campaign Playbook [Belfer Center/Harvard Kennedy School]
The Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government has published a nonpartisan Cybersecurity Campaign Playbook, as part of its Defending Digital Democracy project (previously, “designed to give you simple, actionable information that will make your campaign’s information more secure from adversaries trying to attack your organization—and our democracy.”
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