Defending Politically Vulnerable Organizations Online

By Sean Brooks, The Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC) at UC Berkeley.

Executive Summary

This paper provides an overview of online threats to civil society organizations and individuals— including non-governmental organizations, journalists, and activists—that are targeted for political purposes, and it explores the ecosystem of resources available to help these organizations improve their cybersecurity. The report describes different methods commonly used to attack “politically vulnerable organizations,” and it identifies gaps in support resources that must be filled to ensure these organizations can securely carry out their missions online. Politically vulnerable organizations, and civil society at large, are underinvesting in cybersecurity as attackers continue to expand their offensive capabilities.

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