Flash drives have become commonplace in just about anyplace where we use computers. These compact digital storage devices have replaced floppy disks, cd’s and other bulkier forms of storage that used to be the easiest way to transport data from point A to B. It also has the convenience of being as small as a keychain or an eraser so it fits just about anywhere like your coat pocket.
Enough of the good sides and to the bad sides of this technology for they are truly a security risk for they can become a propagation media for many problems such as viruses, worms and even be used to sneak information in and out of the workplace. Tis’ true that many a security programs such as programs that check for viruses and other problematic stuff contained within them but it is still very hard to determine if it does indeed pose a threat to the company or others who might be using the systems they are connected to.
Even the portable media players have the capability to be formatted to not only carry music but information as well. Products like the Apple’s Ipod series can be configured to carry video, audio and data in the form of files and documents. The only sure way to screen these products for stolen information is to scan them individually for any suspicious data/information. Their ability to connect to just about anything that has a USB port tends to raise the risks further.
Responsible use and strict control in their use and bringing into the workplace might sound a bit too paranoid but when conducted in the proper manner might provide some protection. Entry into restricted areas such as data centers and other server areas must also be looked into due to the potential for information leakage and the introduction of viruses and other dangerous programs.