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  • Wednesday 28th

    October 2020

  • From 07:00 PM

    To 08:30 PM

2020 Election Security: Threats, Strategies, & Solutions, Moderated by Francesca Spidalieri

Election security is top of mind as we delve into the 2020 election cycle. From fighting fake news to preventing potential technical failures or cyberattacks on voter registration databases and voting equipment, to ensuring all voters have access to voting, the list of issues can seem overwhelming. This webinar will explore some of the key issues surrounding election security and discuss some actionable strategies and solutions to securing the integrity and availability of our elections. It will also highlight specific measures adopted by many state and local election jurisdictions to keep elections secure and accurate and to ensure public confidence in the work of their local governments.

We are proud to partner with the League of Women Voters of Rhode Island for this event. 


  • Dr. David Mussington is the Director of the Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise and Professor of the Practice at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. He is also a non-Resident Senior Fellow of the Center for International Governance Innovation in Canada and visiting Professor and Research Fellow at Le CNAM, Paris – a leading French university and research center, where he leads bilateral collaborative projects on critical infrastructure cybersecurity and technology policy. During an over two-decade career, Dr. Mussington led innovative projects on critical infrastructure cybersecurity, information sharing, election security, and military cyber doctrine among other topics. He has worked on strategic security projects for NATO, the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Intelligence Community, and the private sector. Linking scholarship with practical policy experience, Dr. Mussington also led cybersecurity analysis projects for the Bank of Canada and for international government agencies, in addition to serving in positions in the US Government. In 2010, he was appointed to the Federal Senior Executive Service and assigned as Senior Advisor for Cyber Policy in the Office of the US Secretary of Defense, leading the development of the first department-wide enterprise cybersecurity strategy – the Defense Strategy for Operating in Cyberspace. Following this assignment, Dr. Mussington was asked to join the White House staff, serving on the Obama Administration National Security Council staff as Director for Surface Transportation Security Policy.
  • Derek Tisleris a fellow and counsel with the Brennan Center for Justice’s Democracy Program. His work focuses on election security and administration, and the threat of foreign interference in elections. He is a co-author of several recent reports at the Brennan Center, including Ensuring Safe Elections (2020) and Preparing for Cyberattacks and Technical Problems During the Pandemic (2020). Tisler is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, where he served as editor-in-chief of the University of Chicago Legal Forum.
  • David Levine is the Elections Integrity Fellow at the Alliance for Securing Democracy. David previously served in a range of positions administering and observing elections, and advocating for election reform. As the Ada County, Idaho Elections Director, he managed the administration of all federal, state county and local district elections in Boise and its environs. As Election Management Advisor for the Washington, DC Board of Elections, he supported the Executive Director and the Board in highly complex matters relating to elections operations, data management, voter registration and outreach, and advised others concerning legislation, statutes and regulations impacting election programs. He also served as the Deputy Director of Elections for the City of Richmond, Virginia. Before he actually administered elections, David worked with advocacy groups to improve the election process. He has also observed elections overseas in a number of countries for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Haverford College and a law degree from Case Western Reserve University.


  • Francesca Spidalieri is the Senior Fellow for Cyber Leadership at the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University, where she leads the Cyber Leadership research project and the Rhode Island Corporate Cybersecurity Initiative (RICCI). Francesca is also a cybersecurity consultant for Hathaway Global Strategies, LLC, and the Co-Principal Investigator for the Cyber Readiness Index 2.0 project at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. In addition, she serves as a member of the Rhode Island Joint Cyber Task Force (JCTF) and RI election security Task Force, as a Research Associate at the Center for Cyber Security and International Relations Studies at the University of Florence (Italy), a Non-Resident Fellow at the Kosciuszko Institute (Poland), a Distinguished Fellow at the Ponemon Institute (USA). Her academic research and publications have focused on cyber leadership development, cyber risk management, cybersecurity education and awareness, and national cyber preparedness and resilience. She lectures regularly at cyber-related events in the United States and Europe, and contributes to journal articles and other publications on cybersecurity matters affecting countries and organizations worldwide.

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