Alongside the campaign’s Deputy Operations Director, Annie came up with the idea of using a custom Google Form to automate cybersecurity onboardings across the campaign apparatus. After some fine-tuning, the process came to look something like this: every week Annie would host one or two Zoom meetings for cybersecurity orientation. Any new staff would attend and listen to a 20-minute Powerpoint presentation on cybersecurity for campaigns. Following the presentation, Annie would share the link to the Google Form in the Zoom chat. Each new staffer would then leave the Zoom call to complete the Form. Annie remained in the Zoom room so people could re-join to ask her questions about any part of the form. Once they completed the form, Annie would review their answers and reach out whenever a response warranted a one-on-one check-in.
The cybersecurity onboarding process Annie set in place was a success and served as a great introduction to cybersecurity. It also made sure staffers knew who to contact for anything tech or cybersecurity-related. In total, Annie’s changes accounted for more than 400 cybersecurity onboardings by the end of the cycle.