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Some email truths for Hillary Clinton

Evan Schuman | March 13, 2015
This week, shortly after former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton became the poster child for enterprise BYOD issues, she held a news conference to explain and justify her convenience-oriented defense. During that briefing, she said that her private email server "was set up for President Clinton's office. And it had numerous safeguards. It was on property guarded by the Secret Service. And there were no security breaches."

Also, Clinton didn't quite say that the servers were protected by the U.S. Secret Service, but merely that the servers were housed somewhere on a piece of properly that the Secret Service guarded.

"And there were no security breaches."

This one again? Haven't people learned yet that one can't prove a negative? If Clinton's email had indeed been accessed by, say, government agents representing Russia, North Korea or Iran, they would have merely copied files remotely, covered their tracks, deleted parts of key log files and quietly exited. Any secret agent who left evidence of tampering should be drummed out of the Get Smart Fan Club.

Clinton doesn't necessarily flunk Cybersecurity 101, though. Her staff has said that she never emailed any sensitive information, instead relegating all such matters to handwritten notes that were delivered via secure channels. Email is highly insecure, and not entrusting sensitive information to it is the best way to protect that information..

 

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