Congratulations on your victory.
I noticed during your campaign that you are not as well-versed in technology as you could be, so in an effort of charitable patriotism, please allow me to offer this primer so you may step into your new position a bit more technologically prepared.
- “The” Cyber
You have referred to “The Cyber” on more than one occasion. Respectfully, this is incorrect, and should be eliminated from your vernacular. There are many discussions about the origin of the word cyber, however, one thing that all seem to agree on is that “cyber” is a prefix, for example: cybersecurity, cyberspace, cyberbullying, cybercrime.
I think you get the point. We, the people, were never able to clear up the mispronunciation of “nuclear” during a previous administration, so I hope that this early indicator of an easily corrected fault can put this to rest.
Tar is fabulous for repairing much of the infrastructure that you have promised to upgrade. TAR is also an acronym for “Technology Assisted Review”. A simpler way to describe this is the ability to search through a large volume of data (including emails) in a very short time. If you think about how many files reside on a typical computer (more than 600,000) and then think about how quickly each one can be scanned for a virus signature, it is easy to conceptualize the speed at which a search of an email may be conducted.
One particular email controversy was a significant source of discussion and interest during the campaign. Now that you will be subject to the same type of secure E-Mail system used by all Federal employees in classified positions, please remind yourself every day of the permanence of electronic messages, and, no matter how frustrating it is to practice good security, it is important to never sidestep those controls for the inviting siren song of “convenience”.
Think of encryption the same way that you would think of a ski mask. A ski mask can keep your face nice and warm on a windy ski slope. A ski mask can also be used to conceal one’s face when robbing a bank. The solution is not to banish all ski masks. Nor is the solution to create a special “ski unmasker” to which only the government holds the code. Remember that the same encryption that protects government secrets also protects your constituents’ privacy.
I don’t comment publicly about my political views, so this is not in any way to be construed in that sense. I wish you well on your new responsibilities, Mr. President, and I hope this short primer serves to better prepare you with the enormous task ahead.
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