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Under Clinton, State’s Cybersecurity was Among “Worst in Government”

Leave the email jokes and ironic remarks aside for a bit. Clinton in the coming months will cite her record as Secretary of State as a big part of her qualifications for president. Fine and fair, we should judge her on her record.

Being secretary of state, or president, or CEO of Fedex, is about more than making the big moves and shaking hands with Putin. It is also about building your institution, taking care of details, setting priorities and choosing the right people to implement. Like the president or CEO, nobody expects the secstate to be in the basement typing out computer code, but we should expect that she would make cybersecurity a priority and get the right people on this important job.

Hillary did not.

The Associated Press reports the State Department was among the worst agencies in the federal government at protecting its computer networks while Clinton was secretary from 2009 to 2013, a situation that continued to deteriorate, according to independent audits and interviews.

The State Department’s compliance with federal cybersecurity standards was below average when Clinton took over but grew worse in each year of her tenure, according to an annual report card compiled by the White House based on audits by agency watchdogs. Network security continued to slip and remains substandard, according to the State Department inspector general.

In each year from 2011 to 2014, the State Department’s poor cybersecurity was identified by the inspector general as a “significant deficiency” that put the department’s information at risk.

State Department officials argue the audits paint a distorted picture of their cybersecurity, which they depict as solid and improving. They strongly disagree with the White House ranking that puts them behind most other government agencies.

Two successive inspectors general haven’t seen it that way. In December 2013, IG Steve Linick issued a “management alert” warning top State Department officials that their repeated failure to correct cybersecurity holes was putting the department’s data at risk.

Based on audits by Linick and his predecessor, Harold Geisel, State scored a 42 out of 100 on the federal government’s latest cybersecurity report card, earning far lower marks than the Office of Personnel Management, which suffered a devastating breach last year.

So yes, indeed, let us judge Clinton on her record. Because her tenure in the White House will indeed mirror her time at State.