The Main threat of Portable Storage
Devices is two-fold:
First, the Introduction of unauthorized
software; at best a copy of WinZip, at
worst an installation of a virus.
The second concern is the unauthorized
Removal of firm data from the network.
In either case, both concerns are augmented by
the fact that the devices themselves are
relatively small and sometimes not easily
recognized as a data storage device and
many, if not most, organizations have no
formal policy governing the use of such
devices on their networks.
Many companies have taken steps to mitigate this
in their environments.
The first step logically is to define a specific
policy that provides guidelines for acceptable
use of portable storage devices on firm
One must take into account that the portability of
the devices can make them prone to theft or
misplacement as well.
The second step would be to establish a
security policy that should also incorporate
elements of general security awareness. Users
may then think twice about putting
confidential information on a portable storage
device and leaving it unattended at their desk
or in their coat pocket.
A new survey by the Mobile Access Study found
61.5% of memory stick owners use their
devices to transfer data to their PC.
53% to their laptop.
5% to their games console.
5% to their MP3 Players.
2.6% to their Smartphone or Blackberry.
According to the statistics, it shows that memory
sticks are becoming increasingly important,
providing individuals with flexibility over
where and how they work in addition to
reducing overhead and personal equipment
costs, such as personal printers.
“The growing transformations in the market for
highly portable devices, where they facilitate the
rapid transfer of data, raises serious questions
about the opportunities for the liberation of
corporate data, the potential for the transfer of
destructive viruses and the serious threat of
identity fraud following the loss of theft of such
devices carrying personal details,” stated Michael
Hulme, director of the Centre for the Study of
Media, Technology and Changes.
“With the cost of these removable media devices
being constantly driven down individuals are
failing to make the connection between the
value of the data stored on such devices and
the level of care that needs to be taken to secure
it,” says Neil Larkins, director of Reflex
Small storage devices are Some Flash Drives don’t
inexpensive, ubiquitous, even look like flash drives
easy to use—and easy to at all, coming in
lose. If you are holding customizable shapes and
important data—like designs, making it hard to
financial reports—for a notice when someone is
company you work for on carrying one.
a flash drive, the risk of
someone else getting a
hold of it is high. Certain
measures need to be taken
to protect all kinds of data
on computers and
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