Cyber Incident Detection and Notification Planning Guide For Election Security


The Planning Guide and templates are voluntary tools to help jurisdictions effectively recognize and respond to potential cyber incidents. Election offices can use this information as a basic cyber incident response plan or integrate it into a broader plan based on their specific needs. The templates, which can be tailored to fit the exact needs of each jurisdiction, include:

  • Key stakeholders and contact information worksheets for incident notification and response;
  • Incident notification plans providing standardized procedures for notifying appropriate stakeholders of a potential cyber incident based on observed symptoms and level of criticality; and
  • Incident indicators (“symptoms”) system users can reference to detect potential cyber incidents and initiate the appropriate notification plan for escalation and reporting.

Download, print, and distribute these voluntary resources. Return to #Protect2020.