Lock It Up: How to Secure Yourself and Your Team Against the Internet’s Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy

Lock It Up: How to Secure Yourself and Your Team Against the Internet’s Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy

Session Type(s): Training

Training Tag(s): Operations

Starts: Friday, Jul. 12 9:00 AM (Eastern)

Ends: Friday, Jul. 12 10:00 AM (Eastern)

Ransomware. Viruses. Data breaches. Phishing emails. Website defacement. Ad network hijacking. Mobile number theft. DNS poisoning. These are just some of the cyber threats that every progressive organizer, campaign and nonprofit needs to be aware of and on guard against. This training will cover best practices for securing websites, personal computers and mobile devices that everyone should know, including lessons from the 2018 midterms. Learn how to protect yourself and your organization against the hive of scum and villainy on the Internet that would do you harm. As the old adage goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

This training is for any activist or nonprofit leader who organizes online and wants to improve their personal/organizational security hygiene. No programming knowledge or coding experience is needed. You should bring at least one connected device if you’d like to participate in the interactive aspects of the training.


Andrew Villeneuve

Andrew Villeneuve

Andrew Villeneuve is the founder of the Northwest Progressive Institute and its sibling, the Northwest Progressive Foundation. He serves in leadership roles in both organizations. NPI, founded in 2003, has an advocacy focus, powered by research, whereas NPF, formed in 2018, has an educational focus. NPI is organized as a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization; NPF is organized as a 501(c)(3) charity.

Andrew has worked to advance progressive causes for over two decades as a strategist, speaker, author, and organizer. He is also a cybersecurity expert, veteran facilitator, a delegate to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, and a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

In recent years, besides leading NPI, Andrew has served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2012 for Barack Obama, an organizing fellow for the Progressive Change Campaign Committee in 2013, and a delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention for Bernie Sanders.

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