Election Security Training

CyberDefenses Academy



Available Upon Request


Available Upon Request

Delivery Method

Classroom & Online


Certification of Completion

Audience / Level





Laptop required

Course Details

Program Introduction

The Internet brings a dangerous new class of threat to the election. That’s why CyberDefenses is offering the nation’s first hands-on Election Security class designed specifically for Election Leadership and Election IT staff members.  This two-Day instructor led class is designed to help educate election and IT leadership as to the threats that the Internet brings to the election process.  Students will leave with a deep understanding of how to continuously evolve their processes to improve security.

Course Objectives

  • Learn the threats that affect elections
  • Understand how hackers operate
  • Know how to secure the election process
  • Learn about risk management
  • Gain an understanding of effective crisis management
  • Learn best practices for staff education

Target Student

For election leadership and IT teams.


Brian Engle is the CISO and Director of Advisory Services, a role in which he leads the delivery of strategic consulting services for CyberDefenses's growing client base with risk management support, information security program assessment and cybersecurity program maturity evolution. Prior to working at CyberDefenses, he was the founder and CEO of Riskceptional Strategies, a consulting firm focused on enabling the development of successful strategies for implementing, operating, and evolving risk-based cybersecurity programs. Brian’s previous information security roles include Executive Director of Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center (R-CISC), CISO and Cybersecurity Coordinator for the State of Texas, CISO for Texas Health and Human Services Commission, CISO for Temple-Inland, Manager of Information Security Assurance for Guaranty Bank, and Senior Information Security Analyst for Silicon Laboratories. Brian has been a professional within Information Security and Information Technology for over 25 years, and serves as a past president and Lifetime Board of Directors member of the ISSA Capitol of Texas Chapter, is a member of ISACA, and holds CISSP and CISA certifications.

Additional Information

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS CLASS: Understanding Cybersecurity
  • Attackers and Motivation
  • Vulnerabilities and Exploits
  • Opportunistic Attacks
  • Attacker movement inside your org
  • Hands-On Exercises:
  • How to hack a server
  • Releasing ransomware
  • Lateral Movement
Securing the Election Process
  • Voting and Tabulation Security
  • Voter Registration and PII Security
  • Ballot Creation and Distribution Controls
  • Delivering Election Results Securely
  • Hands-On Exercises:
  • Enabling and using encryption
  • Control access to systems and files
Election Security Risk Management
  • Risk-Based Decision Making
  • Election Security Planning
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Managing 3rd Party Risk
  • Hands-On Exercises:
  • Creating an Election Security Plan
  • Creating an Incident Response Plan
  • Performing Vendor Assessments
Practicing Election Security
  • Staff Expectations and Training
  • Crisis Management
  • Communication Planning
  • Hands-On Exercises:
  • Table-Top Exercise

Course Outline