FBI investigation expands, now a second Congressional investigation…
Talk about a bad week. Poll numbers tanking, polling shows millennial ladies prefer Bernie, her attempts to connect with minority demographics flopping hard, 13 Hours hits theaters, resurrecting the Benghazi story, and now a second Congressional investigation.
This latest investigation centers around the security of Hillary’s home-brewed email server used during her tenure as Secretary of State.
According to Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman:
Understanding these companies’ roles in providing software and services to maintain former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server is critical to improving government cybersecurity standards. A high profile government official deviating from established information security requirements raises significant concerns. The sensitive nature of the information stored on Sec. Clinton’s private server created a unique challenge to ensure all of the information was properly safeguarded. The Committee takes seriously its duty to ensure the NIST Cybersecurity Framework is properly equipped to safeguard our nation’s information.”
Earlier this month, the Committee held a hearing where a private sector cybersecurity expert told the Committee his company would not set up a private server for a government official because such an arrangement is “illegal” and because it would expose classified data.
Today’s letters are aimed at improving the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity (the Framework) and the Federal Information Security Act (FISMA), which set cybersecurity standards and enable federal oversight of information technology programs.
Last year, more than 178 million records on Americans were exposed in cyber attacks. According to the Government Accountability Office, in 2014, federal agencies reported more than 60,000 cyber security incidents that exposed personally identifiable information.
Moreover, the State Department scored only a 42 out of 100 on the federal government’s cybersecurity report card. This score is lower than the Office of Personnel Management’s score, an agency that recently experienced an attack that exposed the private information of 20 million Americans.
In his letters today, Chairman Smith requests all documents and communications related to Secretary Clinton’s private server as well as information about any security breaches that may have occurred during her tenure.
Clinton’s campaign is calling the investigation a “sham,” according to The Hill.
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