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Google expands cybersecurity support for political campaigns ahead of 2022 midterms

Google is expanding its election security efforts to include state-level campaign support ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, FOX Business has learned.

Google, as part of the annual World Day for a Safer Internet, also announced its partnership with the National Center for Cybersecurity to provide training for heads of state.

Google noted that this is “to equip campaigns with the tools they need to strengthen their own security, protect against digital attacks, and reach voters” during the 2020 election cycle.

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As part of a partnership with Defending Digital Campaigns (DDC), Google said it helped distribute more than 10,000 protection kits to more than 140 federal campaigns ahead of the 2020 election.

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DCC is a non-profit, non-partisan, non-aligned C4 organization that provides access to cybersecurity products, services, and information regardless of party affiliation. The DDC team includes former presidential campaign managers for Hillary Clinton – Robby Mook – and Mitt Romney – Matt Rhoades – as well as former senior officials from the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, and industry technological.

On Tuesday, however, Google announced that it would expand its collaboration with DDC “to extend beyond federal campaign efforts to include advanced protection support for state-level campaigns ahead of the US election. mid-term of 2022”.

In this Monday, November 18, 2019, archive photo, the Google logo is displayed on a carpet in the entrance hall of Google France in Paris. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

“Our Advanced Protection Program offers the strongest protections available against phishing and account takeover and is specifically designed for the most at-risk accounts,” Google said.

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Google also on Tuesday announced its support for a National Cybersecurity Center training initiative, Cybersecurity for State Leaders.

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“This program aims to educate state legislators and staff on ways to strengthen their defenses against digital attacks,” Google said. “Training will be delivered in all 50 states throughout 2021, with a targeted focus on state legislators and their staff.”