It’s Election Day in America, and the polls numbers between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are closer than they ever should have been. On the day of the third presidential debate, FiveThirtyEight gave Clinton a staggering 87.3% chance of winning the election, a complete landslide.
As of last night, her chances were down to 68.5% with several battleground states in play, and she will likely fail to reach the fifty per cent mark of the popular vote if she does win the presidency – which remains a big if.
How did she get to this point? Emails.
Last week, we argued that John Podesta should have been using Evizone to protect his communications, but now that list should be expanded.
As you likely know by now, the FBI reopened their investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email practices less than two weeks ago, causing a great deal of controversy. The FBI revelation came after Clinton-related emails were found on former congressman Anthony Weiner’s computer, the husband of Clinton aide Huma Abedin. Two days before the election, the FBI closed the investigation once again, finding nothing incriminating.
What’s incredible is that the investigation was launched before the FBI had any idea what they would find, and even before they had a warrant. As it turns out, Weiner’s data contained only duplicates of what the FBI had already looked at.
This episode displays a lack of digital organization on the part of both the FBI and the Democratic Party, a mess that could have been avoided if both organizations used our Evizone Communications Governance (ECG) system.
Evizone Communications Governance is a message archiving, compliance and e-discovery tool that manages all of an organization’s electronic communications using the strongest security available. Featuring high-speed access, comprehensive intelligent search functionality, a robust governance model, and tamper-proof regulatory compliance, the platform consolidates communications from multiple sources and methods, including Evizone Secure Communications, and most email, instant message and chat services.
Had the Democratic Party used Evizone Communications Governance (ECG) and Evizone Secure Communications (ESC), the party could have quickly dispelled any notion of criminal wrongdoing by the Clinton team through an automated activity report and compliance archives.
Had the FBI used Evizone Communications Governance software, it would have taken them less than eight days to scan through Weiner’s data and determine that there was nothing of value. Indeed, a query of 650,000 messages using ECG to identify those requiring deeper review would take only a few minutes! A shorter investigation period would have avoided claims that the FBI was intervening in the political process by letting the investigation drag on until two days before the election.
We don’t know what system the FBI uses for their digital investigations, and we can likely assume that the Democratic Party has no central compliance system to keep track of communications within their network. However, the email mess shows just how important it is to be organized and updated with the latest technology. Evizone uses military grade encryption and patented communications software to ensure that everything is recorded and archived, as well as 100% secure.
Hopefully many organizations will learn from this crisis that, for better or for worse, irreversibly affected the path of this election.
About Evizone Ltd.
Evizone Ltd. is a revolutionary secure communications, encryption and compliance software and service provider based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Evizone offers innovative enterprise solutions in secure messaging (next generation beyond encrypted e mail) and encryption, encryption at rest, regulatory compliance, compliance archiving, WORM compliance, 17a-4 compliance, document life cycle management and communications governance and risk management. Evizone’s services protect organizations through best in class security, encryption, recipient controls, document life cycle management, discovery management, compliance management, compliance archiving, tamper proof WORM and 17a-4 compliance archiving and complete audit records against the enormous damage caused by communications breaches. Evizone’s patented technologies offer a level of security impossible to obtain with conventional or encrypted email and fast, powerful, user friendly compliance archiving. Evizone’s services are immediately available on multiple platforms and provide the strongest commercially available communications security and compliance archiving. You can follow Evizone on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
Tom Kott, HATLEY Strategy Advisors, 514.316.7082, firstname.lastname@example.org