On Thursday, the Defense Department said that in order to blend in, special-operation forces often don the insignia of forces they accompany. On Friday, after Turkey complained, a spokesman called the action “unauthorized and inappropriate.”
At today's Cybersecurity Summit, co-hosted by Government Executive and National Journal, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano discussed the need to protect critical public and private sector information networks. Asked by moderator and GovExec columnist Shane Harris about the practices she uses in keeping her own information secure online -- such as her email -- Napolitano had a somewhat surprising response.
"Don't laugh, but I just don't use e-mail at all," she said.
For "a whole host of reasons," the DHS chief said, "I don't have any of my own accounts. So I'm very secure."
"Some would call me a Luddite," Napolitano admitted.
Tom Shoop is vice president and editor in chief at Government Executive Media Group, where he oversees both print and online editorial operations. He started as associate editor of Government Executive magazine in 1989; launched the company’s flagship website, GovExec.com, in 1996; and was named editor in chief in 2007.
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