The Washington Post report revealed Ivanka Trump used a personal email account last year to send hundreds of emails to high-level government officials about official White House business.
According to the White House, Ivanka sent the emails before she’d been briefed on the rules. It further noted that emails sent from her private account didn’t contain any classified information.
Former White House CIO and CEO of Fortalice Solutions Theresa Payton, “Ivanka Trump’s misuse of a personal email account for official business presents significant ethics and security concerns.”
According to Payton, here’s what should happen next:
- Everyone in this Administration and future Administrations should be on high alert that use of a personal email account for official purposes is improper and could have huge national security implications;
- Under the Presidential Records Act and Federal Records Act, when government officials use personal email for non-classified correspondence, they must forward any official correspondence to a work account within 20 days for preservation;
- There should be a review of all cybersecurity procedures and records keeping requirements for White House employees now, and every transition team going forward should place a premium on training incoming officials before they engage in any official business;
- All emails relating to official business that were sent from Ivanka’s personal account should be forwarded to the Executive Office of the President’s Office of Administration so that the Presidential and Federal records’ archivists can preserve them for records keeping;
- After receipt is acknowledged by the official records keeper, Ivanka should purge all of these emails from her personal account;
- This is a serious matter, and one that needs to be addressed in a serious way — by this Administration and every Administration after it.
Theresa is one of the nation’s leading experts in cyber security and IT strategy. She is the CEO of Fortalice Solutions, an industry-leading security consulting company.
Under President George W. Bush, she served as the first female chief information officer at the White House, overseeing IT operations for POTUS and his staff.
Theresa was named #4 on IFSEC Global’s list of the world’s Top 50 cybersecurity influencers in security & fire 2017.
Check out her recent feature in Vox: Election security: An expert explains the “new normal” of cybersecurity.
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