This guide contains 12 cards with information and practical tips on enhancing digital security for embassy staff working with civil society and Human Rights Defenders (HRDs).
card provides items to consider and protection tactics relating to an
aspect of digital security. It is important to note that contexts
vary across countries and change over time due to the dynamic nature
of digital developments. This guide should be accompanied by a
regular analysis of context and risk, on- and offline.
website offers software recommendations and external resources as
well as a glossary of technical terms in addition to the information
on the set of cards.
The Digital Defenders Partnership developed this guide.
If you are not sure where to start: begin at the beginning, and work your way through the cards. Happy reading!
Assessing Digital Security Needs
cards detail different threats and means of protecting sensitive
information, to ensure secure and successful engagement with civil
society. This card will help you decide which cards are most relevant
in your situation.
what is sensitive information? Think of sensitive information as any
information which, if it fell into the wrong hands, could have
negative consequences. Many types of sensitive information, such as
personal data, are protected by legislation. Still, it is highly
recommended to protect all of your data.
Are you certain you are covering the basic essentials of information security?
Are you concerned that the authorities may be monitoring your online activities?
Do you often work from outside the office, and travel with your devices?
Do you offer financial support or engage in projects with civil society organisations?
Are you connected to civil society via social media, or are you considering this?
Do you use Dropbox or similar services to share data with HRDs?
Do you use WhatsApp, Facebook, or commercial email to communicate with HRDs?
Are you operating in an environment where targeted malware is used to attack or spy on journalists or human rights defenders?