Flash Drive Threats Increasing

By: Absolute Team | 9/28/2010

We've talked in the past about the importance of security on all data devices, including USB sticks / flash drives. After news that a flash drive carried an attack program inside a classified US military network, Dark Reading takes a look at USB flash drives and ask if they are your "Enterprise's Weakest Link."

USB devices can be used to introduce viruses or to steal information, yet very few companies have policies on their use.

"The USB spreading mechanisms are definitely increasing across in the landscape," says Sean-Paul Correll, a threat researcher at antivirus firm Panda Security. "We are seeing it in almost every advance program that we are analyzing in the lab right now."

Now that the US military is re-introducing USB flash drives, they have upgraded their security systems to require that flash drives be authorized to connect to a computer, among other security precautions one could take such as encryption, role-based authentication and data-leakage protection. Read more here.

While there, check out some of Dark Reading's Vulnerability Management Reports. Great stuff.

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