A survey has found that USB Flash drive ownership has exploded with 100% of the 229 respondents having at least one such device and more than 21% owning as many as 10 or more. While good news for vendors of these must-have items, the news may not be so welcome for security and compliance teams tasked with protecting the sensitive data residing on these omnipresent devices. With over 85% of respondents confirming that their company allows the use of these removable media devices (and with many of those working where USB drives are banned confirming that they use them anyway), it is very concerning that more than half of the respondents confirmed their USBs were not encrypted, leaving the corporate information on them completely vulnerable if borrowed, lost or stolen. Conducted by CREDANT Technologies, the survey found that the majority of people (68%) share their USBs with family, colleagues or friends, often leaving any sensitive data exposed and in jeopardy.
Spyrus released a secure USB flash drive with Windows Embedded Standard 7 pre-installed. Unlike other USB flash drives that run the Windows operating system, the Secure Pocket Drive from Spyrus was designed from the ground up with FIPS 140-2 level 3 certified hardware, US government approved next-generation cryptographic algorithms, and extensive self-checking functionality to protect the device, the operating system, and the user data. Secure Pocket Drive is available in three editions—Remote Access, Productivity, and Productivity RO (Read Only).