IT Business Edge editor Kara Reeder reports that Alaska has implemented a new e-mail policy for government workers. The new policy says that workers should use state e-mail when feasible. If they continue to use a private e-mail address for official business, then they must send copies of those e-mails to their state accounts so they can be archived and subject to public records requests.
This policy change owes much to the former governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, who used her personal Yahoo account for business. That account was eventually hacked, which is cause for concern for other government agencies, businesses and organizations. If it can happen to the governor of Alaska, it can happen to you.
Here are some Knowledge Network tools that give users ideas for securing e-mail and creating e-mail policies.