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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Portable Drive Danger????

An interesting article on the BBC News Technology section (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4087240.stm) that raises awareness of the possible security implications when "allowing" employees to bring in and use portable devices such as iPods and USB key fobs.

However, employees have always had the ability to move data back and forth using initially floppy disk drives, and now on the new Dell PC's CD-R/CD-RW and USB keyfobs.

So is this just a case of scare mongering or are there really more concerns?????

Comments welcome.
I read this too. It seems that the concensus is that prohibition (at least one company uses superglue to prevent access to USB ports!) won't work. Systems such as DynaComm's i:scan log use of mass storage devices on PCs and can report unusual activity to an administrator or be used as an audit trail.
This system appears to be rather good - I guess the problem is having someone "dedicated" to checking the logs and alerts that come in.

I assume it will pick up the Computer Name of the PC used or account user name of the user logged in. If you were to connect your USB key to a different PC (other than your own) tracking down who has actually copied the data could prove tricky.
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