White House security officials are also likely to do a far better job monitoring devices, and email and chat tools, for suspicious activity than individuals, they said.
And the danger of possible breaches is far higher if you’re a top government official dealing with sensitive issues that major hacking groups, including foreign intelligence services, want access to – like, say, if you’re negotiating Middle East peace.
“If you’re sitting in a sensitive position in government, you’re definitely a target,” Tony Cole, chief technology officer at Attivo Networks and a former FireEye, Symantec and McAfee executive, told me. “That’s why it’s critically important to stick to government systems. If you don’t, you’re putting everyone at risk.”