According to security and privacy software company Steganos, companies are at risk as employees store data on unencrypted USB keys.
In an admittedly small 'street survey' of 100 users commissioned by the company, 41% of people admitted storing company data on USB keys. Of those, 83% do not use any encryption, so anyone with access to the physical key is able to extract, copy, edit and distribute its data.
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While laptop users were slightly more likely to use encryption, 76% of USB keys being used by laptop owners to store company data were unencrypted.
Steganos, of course, has a solution, a portable safe, Safe 8, that enables data to be encrypted on USB keys and accessed on any computer
using the password without any need for additional software.
Now such a small survey is hardly enough to provide conclusive evidence, but you might ask yourself what security procedures you have in place to prevent vital corporate data disappearing on USB keys?