The Hillary Clinton email scandal and her fatal flaws

by Oct 8, 2015Business Continuity

With Datto in the mix, the Hillary Clinton email debacle is about to come to a head.

As you likely already know, the Hillary Clinton email fire is now a blazin’. Just when we thought things may pass, we learn the FBI investigation has expanded to include another tech company. And, not just any tech company, but the leader in backup and disaster recovery, the company that doesn’t believe in downed servers or lost data (or email files, for that matter)—Datto Inc.

So, what does this mean for Hillary Clinton? Two BIG things:

  • If Datto has been contracted by the primary tech company, Platte River Networks, to help in backing up Clinton’s files, they have done just that. The Datto SIRIS device is a hybrid-cloud solution that boasts recovery in as little as six seconds, despite any computer hardware failure, malware, or natural disasters that get thrown your way. Clearly, we know why Platt River Networks enlisted their help—however, if we were the presidential hopeful, Ms. Clinton, we would be more than a little nervous about what will likely be uncovered—and soon.
  • Assuming Clinton’s files are recovered by Datto, should any of the emails be anything but personal (as her attorneys have stated) during the time she served as Secretary of State, there is a question of national security. In her previous role, Clinton surely sent and received classified information that should not be accessible without a security clearance. So, not only could Hillary be caught in a “fib” and lose any chance to move forward as the Democratic candidate, she and her staffers could face criminal charges. Under 18 U.S.C. § 2071, anyone who “willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, or destroys,” public records, or attempts to do so, has committed a felony. Those found guilty can be fined, imprisoned for three years, and “disqualified from holding any office under the United States.” Ouch.  In addition, there are provisions in the Espionage Act that could apply here. According to the law, anyone in possession of materials “relating to the national defense” who “willfully retains” the information or “fails to deliver it on demand to the officer or employee of the United States entitled to receive it” has violated the law. It’s also a crime to allow such materials to be removed from their “proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed,” through “gross negligence.” The maximum sentence for these crimes is a $250,000 fine and up to ten years in prison. Double Ouch.

So, what will come of the Hillary Clinton email scandal? I don’t know if there will be jail-time, but time will undoubtedly tell whether a crime was committed. And, that’s because, anyone who knows anything about backup, knows that no data goes lost at Datto.

If your business is looking for a fail-safe backup and recovery solution, look no further and get a Datto.

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Tracy Rock is the Director of Marketing at Invenio IT. Tracy is responsible for all media-related initiatives as well as external communications—including, branding, public relations, promotions, advertising and social media. She is one busy lady and we are lucky to have her!

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