Hilary Clinton’s Email Scandal can Teach us About BYOD

Hilary Clinton's Email Scandal can Teach us About BYODEven though most of us will never be as high profile as Hilary Clinton, the fact remains: work email needs to be separate from personal email.

In an attempt of record keeping, Clinton’s emails were looked over by her advisers and the her personal emails that were sent through the same address as her government emails were separated out and kept from the State Department.

“I opted for convenience to use my personal email account, which was allowed by the State Department, because I thought it would be easier to carry just one device for my work and for my personal emails instead of two,” Clinton said. “Looking back, it would have been better if I’d simply used a second email account and carried a second phone, but at the time, this didn’t seem like an issue.”

What is rubbing the people the wrong way is that emails were kept from the State Department that were deemed “personal” and all of her emails from her time in the Obama administration were routed through her personal server in New York, not through a secure government server.

This means that her government emails that were sent through her personal email don’t technically belong to the government like they are supposed to.

I don’t believe that there is anything suspicious going on; what Clinton is guilty of is naivety and she’s not the only one. Nearly half of businesses and corporations don’t have an EMM or BYOD solution. It’s also startling that no one told her that using her personal email probably wasn’t the best idea.

Unfortunately Clinton, like a number of high profile and corporate employees, was unaware that she could in fact carry one device and use both her government email and her personal email securely and without any conflict.

Even though BYOD wasn’t really a thing a few years ago when Clinton was still in office, there were definitely still options if she only wanted to carry one device.

This situation brings to light exactly what can happen when employees are looking for the convenience of only having one device, but are not offered a BYOD solution by their employer, or are unaware that BYOD exists. They will use one device anyway and potentially lose track of corporate data.

No matter what kind of work you’re doing; government, medical, sales, etc., you can never be too safe with corporate data. Implementing a BYOD solution will not only save money and offer convince to employees, but a secure solution will save you massive amounts of grief from spilled data.

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