How Hillary Clinton's Sensitive Email Problem Might Have Been Avoided
NEWS ANALYSIS: Securing the former secretary of state's ad hoc email system was possible, and might have prevented much of the questioning that's going on now.By now, you probably know that most of the claims surrounding Hillary Clinton's email problems are bogus, with the exception of a few that are total hogwash. I won't go into exhaustive detail here, since I've already done that. But now, as the drip-drip of revelations grows, it's worth noting that it doesn't have to be this way. In fact, as I was reminded by a friend of mine shortly after my previous column came out (shortly, meaning about 15 minutes afterward), there's at least one product available that, had the State Department used it, would have ensured that all emails were classified appropriately. But, of course, the State Department didn't use email security software, especially not on the renegade server at the secretary of state's house in New York. Unfortunately, all the would-have or could-have statements out there assume that there's some desire or even an inclination to protect data from even the most basic threats. In the case of the Hillary Clinton, the apparent concern wasn't so much security as it was being free from probing from Congress or the media. Also, unfortunately for the former secretary of state, that part of the plan didn't work out very well. My friend Elizabeth Safran reminded me of a company, Secure Islands, which makes a series of products that handle email securely, and even include a means of requiring that the appropriate classification for each message be entered into the application before it's sent. She also pointed out that the product encrypts email, reducing the risk of a breach even if the email is somehow collected. The product, IQProtector, is available for mobile and enterprise email systems. (In the interest of full disclosure, Elizabeth handles PR for the company).
Had the former secretary of state used a product such as IQProtector, most of the fuss about her private server would have vanished. While there may still have been questions about motives, at least there would have been far less concern about any breach of classified information.