Thursday, March 22, 2007

Data on the Move

Portable devices, such as USB flash drives, offer employees the ability to transfer data from one device to another. Frequently used by exectives that work both in the office and at home, these devices put data "on the move".

Outside the protective perimiter of the IT department, security of the data on the portable storage devices is now the responsibility of the employee. To minimize their risks, many organizations are now implmenting porttable storage device security controls:

  • Restricting users and their ability to store information on USBs, CD-RWs, etc.

  • Implementing policies that require biometric security access on the USB devices

  • Requiring that data on the USB devices be encrypted (some devices permit only 10 attempts to crack the code before being permanently locked out).

Network and security assessments can help organizations identify, manage, and reduce their portable store device security risks.

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