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As the US Presidential primary season continues, Hillary Clinton continues to be dogged by an investigation into which emails were sent to her private email server while she was Secretary of State. Potential issues include whether classified information was improperly sent outside of government systems and exposed to hackers or to those not authorized to receive the information.

This kind of situation happens everyday inside board of directors of companies and non-profits. Except that for boards it is typical, not unusual, for members to maintain their own email outside of the company. Directors , needless to say, receive highly confidential and legally privileged information all of the time in the normal course of their duties. Once these emails go to servers outside of the company, the can be exposed not only to hackers, but to employees of other firms who are in the normal course of business responsible for maintaining the email systems that directors are using.

Once these emails are exposed to outside parties in the normal course of business, you can't be sure that they will stay confidential and you can't be sure that they will remain legally privileged. In other words, a version of the controversy that has followed Hillary Clinton every step of the way though her 2016 campaign could find its way to your door.

At iBoardrooms our board portal software includes a secure messaging system that your board can use to easily communicate that keeps directors' communications secure and off of third party servers. Try iBoardrooms free for 30 days to see how easy it is, and keep your organization out of this sticky situation.

Mar 10, 2016 6:15 am EST