Monday, March 9, 2015

All Your Base Belong To Us

Gmail. Sweet shivering Shiva, on a unsecured locally acquired internet connection, using a unsecured laptop in a bathroom, the U.S. Ambassador to Kenya used Gmail for State Department business.
In other words, Gration was the end user from hell for an understaffed IT team in a politically sensitive outpost. “He has willfully disregarded Department regulations on the use of commercial email for official government business,” the IG report noted, “including a front channel instruction from the Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security against such practice, which he asserted to the OIG team that he had not seen”—because he never used his secure network account.
 The article has more.


Tony Tsquared said...

Now that I am retired from the Air Force I can reflect back on the many times I took INFOSEC and COMSEC classes and the many threats of time in Leavenworth for violations. I was in communications the entire 21 years and security was a very high priority.

I think it is time to fill the jails with these asswipes who think they are above the rules and laws that apply to everybody else.

Aaron said...

It seems this administration from the top down to the middle management seem determined to avoid all data security best practices and keep their email away from FOIA.

Sadly, the official reaction seems to be, as the erstwhile head of the State Department has declared: "At this point what difference does it make?".

Sherm said...

Of course, their reliance on public email may actually reflect just how important they actually are to the running of the government. As political appointees they come and go but the bureaucracy is forever.

Old NFO said...

+1 on T-squared... sigh

Guffaw in AZ said...

Clinton and Petraeus aren't alone!

There's a Loose Lips joke in here somewhere, but I won't proffer it!