Worms in Space? Hidden Dangers of USB Flash Drives

High profile security breaches usually make the news, like a computer on the Space Station getting infected with a worm last summer, or an Army network infiltrated by malware – both via infected unsecured USB drives. However, it’s a more common occurrence than business owners might realize and really could happen to you too.
Fourteen members of SESTA (SanDisk Enterprise Solutions Technology Alliance), including McAfee, Lumension and SanDisk, recently issued an open letter to IT professionals, encouraging them to implement improved security for USB storage devices in their organizations. Their goal is to improve safety of using these powerful storage tools without hampering worker productivity or banning the use of them completely.
Here’s an excerpt, and the full text of the letter can be found at http://www.sandisk-enterprise.com/openletter. “For most organizations, completely banning USB flash drives inhibits the mobility of end users. Organizations of all industries need to implement policies, but they also need technologies that ensure the highest degree of security without impacting the productivity and mobility benefits of USB drives, including antivirus, encryption, password protection and a centrally-managed security solution.”
If you or your employees use USB drives on company computers, consider using a secure flash drive like Cruzer from Sandisk that have built in malware protection in addition to encryption and passwords, and discouraging the use of personal drives from home.
Laura Leites, Assistant Editor, Smallbiztechnology.com