Keep Hillary Clinton in Mind When Enforcing Email Security Policies
NEWS ANALYSIS: Regardless of your politics, there are plenty of reasons to think of Hillary Clinton and U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter as poster children for bad email security.Here it is nearly a year after the disclosure that former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, currently seeking a new job, had violated a series of regulations about the use of government email and we're still seeing more damaging revelations. Compounding the issue are recent reports that current U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter used his personal email account after he took office, even though he knew it was wrong. Why can't high government officials follow clearly-established policies for email security and preservation? Ms. Clinton has claimed various excuses as to why she didn't use government email channels saying that it was more convenient to use her own, or that all of the other secretaries were doing it, or that she didn't use it for classified information, anyway. Subsequent revelations have shown her claims to be inaccurate, but I'll leave it at that. Mr. Carter, who says he knew better, apparently used his personal email for expediency, because it was on his iPhone.
As entertaining as this political reality show may be in Washington, you really don't want your company to be like that. You especially don't want to find out that your key employees are carrying sensitive company information around on their personal phones, and you don't want to find out that information that's subject to compliance regulations is somehow showing up on Gmail.