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This article is part of the March 2009 issue of Top considerations for midmarket security
You don't want to become the Pete Hoekstra of your company. Not that Pete's a bad guy. In fact, Rep. Hoekstra of Michigan has a distinguished legacy of service in politics and business, including a 2004 appointment as chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, where he is the ranking Republican and still leads oversight on intelligence issues. He's a connected guy. And that's his problem. Early in February, Hoekstra flew into Iraq as part of a Congressional delegation's trip there, and to Afghanistan. Upon his arrival, he posted to his Twitter page that he'd just landed in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad and was stunned he had BlackBerry service for the first time in his 11 trips to Iraq. He later made posts about moving through the "Green Zone" via helicopter to the U.S. Embassy. So much for what was supposed to be a secret trip, and so much for keeping the sanctity of the delegation's itinerary. Hoekstra has close to 3,500 Twitter followers, and theoretically, each one knew of, and could share, his whereabouts in an instant. Such is the... Access >>>
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