Napolitano: ‘I Just Don't Use E-mail At All’

Friday, 28 Sep 2012 02:18 PM

By Todd Beamon

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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, a key player in the nation’s cybersecurity activities, said on Friday that she does not use e-mail.

"Don't laugh, but I just don't use e-mail at all," she said during a discussion at a Cybersecurity Summit, the National Journal reports.

She did not, however, explain what communications tools she does use.

By contrast, President Barack Obama, who appointed Napolitano, carries a BlackBerry device.

But in response to a question about her own cybersecurity practices, Napolitano said she avoids many online services.

"I don't have any of my own accounts,” she said, the National Journal reports. “Some would call me a Luddite."

Napolitano has a crucial role in the government’s efforts to better secure the nation’s computer networks. A draft executive order is being developed that could increase government oversight of certain private networks.

Obama has yet to review or endorse the draft, Napolitano said on Friday, according to the National Journal.

Legislation aimed at giving Napolitano’s agency more authority to enforce security standards for some private networks failed in Congress this summer. Napolitano said that legislation is still needed and that she doesn't see the proposals as government overreach.

"I don't view this as the government coming and telling you what to do. Far from it," she said, the National Journal reports.

Any standards would be administered via a partnership between businesses and government, Napolitano said.

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