which is governed by HIPPA laws. I received an email from my doctors nurse last week and there was a message saying the email was encrypted. Encrypted emails means if the email is intercepted during transmission it can't be read. Typically email servers are on networks that are heavily protected with lots of skilled security professionals.
If any of you have been following the political discussions since Hillary Clinton began being "investigated" for her use of a "private" email server, I keep reading all sorts of things from conservatives referring to a "secure email" server and a law from 2006 )?) that says that one must be used for "classified" documents.
As background, I've been involved in IT for over 50 years. But, although trained in TCP/IP and the Internet, I've NEVER heard of any TCP/IP or SMTP concept relating to secure email nor a secure email server! Per my training, all "secure" emails must be sent by being encrypted on the sending computer. After all, anyone employed by your ISP or anyone with a router in your path can read any document sent. True, there is a TCP/IP standard for Secure File Transfer (SFTP) and we know that there is a standard for secure web (https: ), but I NEVER, in all the time I worked with networking, heard of a secure email standard. Therefore, I always reject out of hand any illusion by people saying that Ms. Clinton violated some law from 2006 or, for that matter, any year.
I have asked some "conservatives" to point me directly to such a "law" and have not been able to receive a link other than "oh, yeah. There was some kind of law from 2006...". I keep calling people out but I want to know if anyone has a reference to such a law (i.e., link) or, what I'm really asking about is if any of you networking types have ever heard of a technical standard for secure email. As far as I know, none exists. But, of course, I'm only ONE person. What I don't know is probably enormous. So, forgetting about if a law exists or not (I'd still like to see one), I'm more interested in the technical aspects. Has anyone heard of any such thing as a "secure email server" and can you provide me a link? I'd really like to know. And I'm also NOT thinking about whether or not any of Hillariy's emails were "classified" (a term NOT used in the federal government).. Note, I'd rather NOT have a political discussion about this; just a technical discussion to fill in any gaps in my TCP/IP standards knowledge.