Democracy Fund

The Democracy Fund invests in organizations working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people.

Democracy Fund

Center for Internet Security

The Center for Internet Security (CIS) is a nonprofit organization that works to identify, develop validate, promote, and sustain best practice solutions for cyber defense.


The vast majority of the ~8,800 elections jurisdictions are small counties. In these small counties, human resources for IT systems are shared amongst other county functions or, in many cases, consist solely of part-time contracted resources. Given these limitations, procurement practices are a pain point with regard to cybersecurity, and elections departments can struggle to choose a quality independent assessor.

With the help of our grant, CIS seeks to create a companion guide to A Handbook for Elections Infrastructure Security to help election officials ensure cybersecurity is adequately addressed in IT procurement activities. CIS will also seeks to develop a training program for independent assessors and self-assessors to help election officials implement risk mitigation plans.

Total Commitment

2018: $213,000 up to one year.