10 Security Best Practices for USB Drives

  • By

    Ericka Chickowski

Start With a Policy Plan

Start With a Policy Plan

Reducing USB risks starts by recognizing how they could be a danger for your organization. This means developing a set of policies that guide users as to which USB devices they can use to access corporate information, how they can be used and how these devices will be managed within and without the firewall.
With USB drives and devices proliferating within the workplace faster than a fresh pot of bitter coffee, organizations today have experienced an unparalleled boom in productivity and mobility as a result. However, the law of unexpected consequences remains at play with the convenience of USB mobility. USB drives are increasingly being used by insiders to pilfer information from their employers, they are lost every day—putting the valuable information they contain at risk of data breach, and they are fast becoming the hacking community's favorite vector for spreading new malware. In order to balance productivity with safety, Channel Insider has put together 10 important best practices that every organization should consider instituting.
This article was originally published on 2011-02-14