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CISA Release: Cybersecurity Resources for Civil Society Communities

April 9, 2024

WASHINGTON – The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) announces a new dedicated High-Risk Communities webpage today with cybersecurity resources for civil society communities at heightened risk of facing digital security threats because of their work. Through the Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative (JCDC) and building on priorities advanced through the Administration’s Summit for Democracy, CISA developed this valuable resource in collaboration with civil society organizations, government, and private industry partners to support these communities with their cybersecurity.

This webpage offers digital security resources specifically for high-risk communities, including Project Upskill, a suite of guides designed to equip non-technical individuals affiliated with high-risk organizations with simple steps to meaningfully improve their cyber hygiene. Other resources on the webpage include information on local cyber volunteer programs, and a repository of free or discounted cybersecurity tools and services available to high-risk communities.

“With experts across government and the private sector, we collaborated extensively to identify and develop actionable and easy-to-use resources for high-risk communities. We will continue to solicit input and feedback from partners across civil society as we collectively work to safeguard those organizations advancing democracy and human rights against cyber threats,” said CISA Director Jen Easterly. “CISA is especially pleased in the public-private collaboration that led to development and publication of these resources, reflecting shared commitment across government, industry, and civil society.” 

The High-Risk Communities planning effort furthers JCDC priorities by bringing together government and the private sector to execute cyber defense plans that achieve specific risk reduction goals and enable more focused collaboration. To learn more about JCDC, visit

All civil society organizations are encouraged to visit the High-Risk Communities webpage intended to serve as a one-stop-shop for cybersecurity guidance. 

Read CISA’s blog for more details on the High-Risk Communities effort.