Security Risks Associated With Portable Storage Devices
by Lisa Dozois - Originally published in issue 1 of (IN)SECURE Magazine - Monday, 20 June 2005.
At a minimum, your portable storage security policy should address these issues:
  • Define who is permitted to use portable data storage devices and what types of data are permitted to be stored on these devices.
  • Establish rules for vendors and visitors who want to attach devices during presentations or visits to the organization.
  • Establish virus and spyware protection standards for employees who use home or off-premise computers.
  • Establish password and data encryption standards for portable storage devices.
  • Establish a reporting procedure for notifying a responsible party in the event that a portable data storage device is lost or stolen.

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