The headline says it all: Failed presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — whose 2016 campaign was marred by her poor cybersecurity choices — is scheduled to headline an event focused on cyberdefense.
The California-headquartered cybersecurity firm, FireEye, announced Thursday that Clinton would be the keynote speaker of its annual summit on cyberdefense.
The social media responses to the news were about what you’d expect, given Clinton’s infamous personal history of cybersecurity: I.e., her massive email scandal.
For those who may have forgotten, Clinton did official business as secretary of state on a private email with a private, home-brew server. She later said that the roughly 30,000 deleted emails from the server were merely about personal business like “yoga” and her grandchildren.
In reality, she discussed classified matters of American foreign policy on that server. Furthermore, some of Clinton’s private server emails — at least one them marked “secret” — were accessed by “foreign actors,” according to a 2018 congressional memo.
When Clinton was asked in 2015 about whether or not she wiped the server, she jokingly responded, “What, like with a cloth or something? … I don’t know how it works digitally at all.”
In reality, it was later found out that she used BleachBit software to scrub the server and that one of her aides actually smashed two of her private Blackberry phones with a hammer in an attempt to destroy them.
That being said, unless the topic of Clinton’s keynote address is “what not to do,” it makes very little sense to schedule her to speak to a bunch of people in the cybersecurity field.
The annual summit — which the company described as a gathering that “brings together many of the world’s leading security experts, frontline heroes, government leaders, and executives from various industries to address the challenges of today’s threat landscape” — will take place October 9-10 in Washington, D.C. For those interested, early bird registration is open now.