With midterm elections looming, the personal email accounts of politicians and their staffers are becoming hackers’ prime targets.

According to The Washington Post in September, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) maintained that Senate and staff emails were under attack. Because these hacking attempts did not involve official devices or accounts, they were beyond the scope and authority of the Hill’s cybersecurity experts.

It’s incumbent, then, on email users at every step of the political process – local, state, and federal – to have a better understanding of how to protect themselves from the prying eyes of bad actors.

Without that understanding, current and prospective political figures will find themselves susceptible to a repeat of the hacking episodes of 2016, where hacked email data made its way into the public domain, causing irreparable damage to the public trust.

Politicians are often very badly informed about the risks they face when using email. However, changing this and securing their email communication does not require all that much effort. There are a few simple steps that significantly reduce the risk of email hacking. By thinking through human behavior, all kinds of security risks are mitigated.

And you don’t have to buy a ton of technology. Just understand what you are doing, and you’ll get past many email security risks.

This excerpt is from an article written by Mark Forrest, CEO of befine Solutions AG, that was originally published on Government Computer News. For the full article, click here.