USB usage “out of control”

Researcher at InfoLeakage.com

A survey conducted by Credant Technologies found that the majority of people (68%) share their USBs with family, colleagues or friends, often leaving any sensitive data exposed and in jeopardy. 52% of the sample couldn’t even remember what they had saved on their device which is worrying as 20% never delete the corporate data stored, even when they no longer require it. Even more alarming is the fact that 34% admitting they don’t know, at any given time, where all their USB devices are.

Some respondents (almost 10%) admitted they had lost a USB device containing corporate data, yet fully 76% never reported the loss to their bosses.

Obviously, Credant Technologies claims that data encryption technologies can protect companies from “vulnerability before they suffer a very expensive, and embarrassing breach”. It would have been interesting though, if Credant Technologies would have done research into the role that the (lack of) perception of the value of the stored information, i.c. awareness and management of the information plays in shielding the device and its contents (c.f. research being done in the Netherlands).

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One comment on “USB usage “out of control””

  1. Sandra de Roes zegt:

    It would have been interesting though, if Credant Technologies would have done research into the role that the (lack of) perception of the value of the stored information, i.c. awareness and management of the information plays in shielding the device and its contents.

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