MEDIA ADVISORY: Election Cybersecurity Initiative in South Carolina Virtually on Thursday
On Thursday, Apr. 30, 2020, the USC Election Cybersecurity Initiative will host a South Carolina virtual workshop, which marks the initiative’s thirteenth event on a 50-state endeavor. The initiative offers resources to campaigns, election workers, elected officials, academics, media and concerned citizens to reinforce election cybersecurity measures.
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Experts on Thursday afternoon will lead discussions on election cybersecurity with state and local officials and campaign representatives to help improve election cybersecurity in South Carolina, in a program that will open with remarks by Bob Caslen, President of the University of South Carolina.
President Caslen’s remarks will be followed by discussions of cyber safety, disinformation and misinformation, and crisis communications.
The USC Election Cybersecurity Initiative, supported by a generous gift from Google, is an independent, bipartisan effort to strengthen election cybersecurity through workshops held for each of the 50 states.
“We are going to all 50 states, in person when possible or virtually when we cannot, to make certain information about best practices is available to everyone, but especially for those in campaigns and elections,” said Adam Clayton Powell III, executive director of the project. “We are a national campaign, and our candidate is democracy.”
The initiative kicked off in January in Maryland, drawing experts in national security, elected officials, as well as journalists and concerned members of the public. It continued to Ohio, California, Kentucky, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arkansas, Virginia, Louisiana, Wyoming, Iowa and now South Carolina.
“In advance of the 2020 election, we are committed to enhancing election security for voters, campaigns and journalists alike,” said Kristie Canegallo, vice president of Google’s Trust and Safety team. “We’re proud to support USC’s Election Security and Information Project to provide comprehensive training to candidates, campaigns, academics, elected officials, and NGOs to help them prepare for security challenges before the 2020 election.”
WHAT: USC Election Cybersecurity Initiative. The topics covered include cyber safety, disinformation and misinformation, and crisis communication.
WHO: Experts speaking include:

  • Bob Caslen, President, University of South Carolina
  • Lacy Ford, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, University of South Carolina
  • Alan Wilson, Attorney General, South Carolina
  • Scott Farmer, Campaign Manager, Lindsey Graham
  • Phil Noble, President, Phil Noble & Associates
  • Bruce Smalley, Cyber Executive/ CISO, South Carolina Infrastructure Cybersecurity Program
  • Clifford Neuman, Director, USC Center for Computer Systems Security; Senior Project Leader, USC Information Sciences Institute; and Associate Research Professor of Computer Science, USC Viterbi School of Engineering
  • Tom Lange, Advisory Board Member, USC Annenberg Center for Public Relations
  • Adam Clayton Powell III, Executive Director, USC Election Cybersecurity Initiative, and former USC Vice Provost
  • Justin Griffin, Managing Director, USC Election Cybersecurity Initiative, and veteran of political campaigns

WHERE:  Zoom Event. You will receive credentials upon registration.
WHEN:  Tuesday, April 30, 2020 1:30 – 3:25 PM Eastern Time
REGISTRATION: To attend, register here:
MORE INFORMATION: The initiative is led by the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy, established by University Professor Geoffrey Cowan, who is the principal investigator for the USC Elections Cybersecurity Initiative. For more background on CCLP, please visit its website.