Democracy Forward Initiative
Increase protection from advanced attacks
What is AccountGuard?
Microsoft AccountGuard is a cybersecurity service that adds an extra layer of protection to the high-risk, highly-targeted organizations that underpin a healthy democracy, including those in the political, elections, journalism, thinktank, healthcare, human rights and nonprofit sectors.
Launched in 2018, AccountGuard helps to detect and defend against attacks by advanced adversaries that seek to target the high-risk organizations that are the foundation of democracy.
What to expect
Eligible Microsoft 365 customers can enroll at no additional cost. You will benefit from security best-practice guidance, and notification to both the organization and, where possible, the impacted individual if Microsoft's world-class security teams verify that you've been threatened or compromised by a known nation-state actor.
Cybersecurity best practice guidance and rapid response from Microsoft's extensive pool of cybersecurity support specialists.
Nation-state threat notifications
Notification to the organization and, where relevant, registered Hotmail.com or Outlook.com account if verifiably threatened or compromised by a known nation-state actor.
Workshop & webinar access
Access to cybersecurity webinars and workshops, including best practices, identity protections, and M365-specific guidance
Recommendations to the participating organization for remediation if a compromise is confirmed.
Enhanced identity protection
Enhanced identity protection features including Azure Active Directory P2 trial licenses and discounted Yubico security keys.
Direct line of support
A direct line to Microsoft's Democracy Forward team for security questions
AccountGuard is available in 33 countries
- Czech Republic
- EU Parliament
- New Zealand
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
- United States
*Due to local regulations, we are not able to offer Microsoft AccountGuard for state political campaigns in the following states at this time: Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and Wyoming; and to state elections departments in California. Eligibility criteria varies by country. We encourage customers who may not be eligible to explore additional offerings at https://www.office.com/business
Who is eligible?
AccountGuard is offered to existing M365 customers in the following industries. Please note that due to local regulations, not all industries are eligible in all countries. Select your region below to learn which entity types are eligible to use AccountGuard.
Political Campaigns & Parties (National)
Political Campaigns and Political parties at the National level
Election Officials & Departments
Government Elections Officials, Elections Authorities, and National, State, and Local Elections Departments
Think-Tank / Public Policy
Thinktanks and Public Policy organizations
Democracy Advocacy Organization
Advocacy and Nonprofit organizations that support and promote Democracy and Democratic Processes
Political Campaigns & Parties (State/Provincial)
Political Campaigns and Political parties at the State-wide level (eg: state parties, candidates for Governor or Attorney General)
Microsoft News partners and news publishers & journalists participating in Microsoft’s Preserving Journalism initiative.
Human Rights Organization
Organizations with a mission to contribute to the effective elimination of violations of human rights and uphold fundamental freedoms of people and individuals and which meet Microsoft’s non-profit eligibility guidelines;
Political Technology Vendor
Private companies whose primary business is to provide technical services to political campaigns or elections
Healthcare / COVID Frontline
Frontline responders to the COVID-19 pandemic; pharmaceutical, life science, and medical device companies researching and manufacturing COVID-19 treatments; NGOs involved in the COVID-19 response;
Nonprofit or non-governmental organizations that meet Microsoft’s nonprofit eligibility guidelines;
Official offices and email services for members and staff of the US House and Congress
Participation is offered on a non-partisan basis, eligibility may vary by region, applicants will be screened for eligibility.
Four Easy Steps
What to expect when enrolling your organization
1. Request enrollment
Start the enrollment process by completing the form from the “Start Enrollment” button.
2. Verification period
Please be patient while we review your application. Most applications are processed in 1-3 business days. Meanwhile, look out for an email from us to verify your email address.
3. Welcome and invite affiliates
Once your enrollment is approved, you will receive a welcome email with instructions to invite your affiliates' personal accounts if you choose to.
4. You're enrolled!
We encourage you to follow security best practices, stay up to date on the latest information, and take advantage of the many benefits of AccountGuard
The Microsoft AccountGuard team is excited to partner with other security conscious organizations to add even more value to the service.
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The YubiKey, a hardware-based security key, provides phishing-resistant multi-factor authentication to increase security and mitigate account takeovers. Yubico offers a secure authentication solution that meets you where you are on your Zero Trust, MFA, and passwordless journeys. Yubico and Microsoft have partnered to offer reduced cost keys to eligible AccountGuard members.
Microsoft Security Partner Patriot Consulting helps clients with secure deployments of Microsoft 365 and offers free office hours to AccountGuard members
Democracy Forward Initiative
Start your enrollment today
Microsoft AccountGuard provides prescriptive best-practice security guidance to enable identification and notification of incidents related to your organization. At its core, this service provides best practices and guidance, and may provide notification of a nation state attack. It is not a full-service pre-emptive or protective program and is only one piece of a robust cybersecurity protection plan. This service does not make a participant “hack-proof” - it is the customer's responsibility to manage security, including the need to remain alert to threats and implement protective, detective, and reactive controls to improve their security posture.
You can turn off Microsoft AccountGuard's identification and notification services at any time by sending the team an email or responding to your enrollment message. firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about Microsoft's Democracy Forward Initiative, please visit our website.