Homeland Security chief: No more personal e-mail on work computer

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  • Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015

DROP IN THE OCEAN?: Johnson is belatedly stopping the use of personal e-mail on his work computer as it has been deemed a security risk.

WASHINGTON: Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said that he stopped using his desktop computer at work to check personal e-mail because it posed a security risk. 

Johnson, whose department is responsible for protecting federal government computers from attack, said he had used his work desktop to access personal e-mail through the Web but stopped after a news report revealed the practice as a cybersecurity risk. 

"There are some security risks that have been raised concerning that so I'm suspending that," Johnson said at a Politico breakfast forum. "Probably should have done it sooner." 

Johnson said he did not conduct department business on the personal e-mail account. 

The risk is "probably not an appreciable one but one that probably should be eliminated, so I'm eliminating it," Johnson said. 

Bloomberg reported that Johnson and 28 senior staffers obtained an informal waiver last year allowing them to use their work computers to check personal e-mail via the Internet, a practice cybersecurity experts discourage. – Reuters

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