IT Security & Network Security News & Reviews: USB Drive Security: 10 Tips for Guarding Enterprise Data

By Fahmida Y. Rashid  |  Posted 2012-01-18 Print this article Print
Manage Authorized Devices

Manage Authorized Devices

Device-level management software helps IT staff track who is connecting USB devices to the network, what kind of data is being transferred and when the activity is happening. If IT staff is not monitoring device activity, sensitive data can be copied and shared with unauthorized outsiders.
Not all data breaches are the result of a malicious attacker breaking into the network. Ex-employees can download sensitive documents to a personal USB drive and take it to their new employer. Backup drives containing sensitive data can get lost or stolen. Employees trying to be productive by taking work home can misplace their flash drives. All these potential scenarios expose the organization to data loss and regulatory fines. The best time to figure out how to use secure USB flash drives and the necessary security policies to protect the data is before a data breach, according to Kingston Digital, a memory and USB device vendor. "Data is the DNA of any company and as such, must be protected at all times and handled cautiously and wisely, said John Terpening, secure USB business manager at Kingston. Organizations should know what to do if the device gets lost, such as selecting products that can be remotely disabled via a Web interface if lost or compromised, or locked after too many incorrect password attempts, according to Kingston. Below are some tips on how organizations can secure USB drives and the data stored on them.

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