Voters routinely turn to the Internet to learn more about and connect with political candidates around the world. Protecting your campaign’s website from hostile attacks and ensuring it stays accessible 24/7 is as challenging as it is essential.
Cloudflare offers a suite of products tailor-made to assist campaigns in protecting, accelerating, and ensuring the reliability of their websites — with additional solutions designed to keep internal teams and data secure.
Political campaigns, like any organization, need a comprehensive approach to cybersecurity. Securing a candidate's website, their critical public facing presence, and hardening access to key internal applications can vastly improve cybersecurity.
President & CEO, Defending Digital Campaigns
Cloudflare's suite of products encompass a comprehensive solution for safeguarding your candidate's website — and your team's most important data.
Leverage the collective intelligence of Cloudflare's global network of approximately 25 million Internet properties — automatically deploying countermeasures to thwart the latest Internet threats as they emerge.
Prevent attackers and nation-state actors from bringing your site down, with the same protection leveraged by many of the world's biggest companies.
Web traffic often varies during a campaign. Be ready for your candidate's moments in the spotlight.
Leverage Cloudflare for Teams, a unique set of products designed to safeguard your internal systems from intruders — and to ensure your data doesn't leave your network.
Qualified federal campaigns are eligible to receive a package of products free of charge, proudly provided by Cloudflare in partnership with the non-profit Defending Digital Campaigns.
Protect your website against hostile attacks, leverage load balancing and Always Online to ensure reliability, and protect your team's vital internal data with Cloudflare for Teams — all from the same intuitive dashboard.
Available solutions include:
24/7/365 uptime support Including unmetered DDoS Mitigation and a dedicated support contact.
Web Application Firewall Including OWASP and proprietary Cloudflare rulesets, and support for custom WAF and Firewall Rules.
Custom Traffic Blocking Block specified user agents and regions where problematic traffic is detected.
Rate Limiting Protect against denial-of-service attacks, brute-force login attempts, and other types of abusive behavior targeting the application layer.
I'm Under Attack™ mode Instantly deploy protections against a concerted attack, plus Enterprise-level 'I Am Under Attack' Support.
Bot Protection Thwart automated bots and trigger Captcha Challenges to ensure only genuine traffic reaches your site.
Subdomain Support Cloudflare Subdomain Support simplifies the management of Cloudflare performance and security for subdomains.
Global CDN Leverage Cloudflare's global network, spanning 200 cities in over 100 countries to deliver millisecond-response times.
Load Balancing Dynamically route traffic to different servers and clouds.
Image and Mobile Optimizations Automatically optimize images with Cloudflare Polish. Deliver mobile-friendly images with Cloudflare Mirage.
Page Rules Apply custom redirects, WAF rules, and more to any individual URL on your site.
Audit Logs Including account-level actions like Login and Logout, as well as configuration changes made through the Cloudflare Dash.
And more... Custom SSL Certificate Upload PCI Compliance Regular Expression Blocking Spam and Comment Protection
Multi-User Organization Manage your Cloudflare account with multiple accounts, each with granular permissions.
Cloudflare Access Allows a campaign to secure, authenticate, and monitor user access to any domain, application, or path on Cloudflare, without using a VPN.
Cloudflare Gateway DNS Filtering Protect users as they navigate the Internet by keeping malicious content off your network from multiple locations.
Reliability and Security Guide Best practices on how to keep a campaign site and donation page secure and online.
Election Security Contact This election security-specific contact will get routed to our support team, with an escalation path to the security team.
Adopting a strong security posture is critical and it starts with account security. Two-factor authentication (2FA) improves account security by requiring a second piece of information to validate your identity when logging in.
Using 2FA prevents unauthorized users from accessing sensitive data on your account. We recommend enabling 2FA on your Cloudflare account to safeguard your account information.
Cloudflare provides fast and secure managed DNS as a built-in service on our network. To provide many of Cloudflare security products including DDoS mitigation, WAF, and CDN, we recommend enabling the orange cloud next to the DNS record in the DNS control panel.
When you orange cloud a DNS record, Cloudflare acts as a proxy for your domain. Instead of advertising your IP address or CNAME record we instead advertise the IP address of our edge and proxy the requests to your origin server. This ultimately shields your origin web server from unexpected spikes in traffic or malicious cyber attacks looking to take down your website.
SSL (Secure Socket Layer) is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. When you visit a website, a lock icon is displayed in the web browser, indicating that all data transferred remains private and secure, keeping it safe from monitoring and tampering. Manually configuring SSL requires several steps, and a misconfiguration can prevent users from getting to your website.
At Cloudflare, we offer SSL encryption that allows any Internet property to become HTTPS-enabled with the click of a button. We recommend enabling either Full or Full (strict) as one of the two settings in order to ensure data confidentiality on your website.
A firewall is a security system that monitors and controls network traffic based on a set of security rules. By deploying a Web Application Firewall (WAF) in front of a web application, a shield is placed between the web application and the Internet, giving you the ability to decide whether to allow incoming and outgoing traffic to pass through.
Cloudflare provides a web application firewall to protect against malicious attacks that aim to exploit common vulnerabilities such as SQL injection attacks, cross-site scripting, and cross-site forgery. We recommend turning ON the WAF and enabling Cloudflare Specials, to automatically protect against new and zero-day vulnerabilities, to provide fast and seamless protection against the latest attack vectors.
Your campaign's website is a critical communications tool. In this guide, you'll learn cybersecurity and performance strategies for: