Humberside Police has issued biometric USB drives among staff to maintain data security.
The devices from MicroRiver use fingerprint recognition in addition to password level protection so that only authorised users can access information on the appliance.
“USB drives are plug and play, so this gives us the added confidence that all confidential data transferred is secure,” said Roy MacDona, information security manager at Humberside Police.
Eight other UK police forces are evaluating the system as a means of replacing floppies, CDs and DVDs, according to the company.
The need to secure USB drives is increasing as they gain popularity. By 2008, Gartner research predicts that the number of flash drives shipped will have reached 155 million a year.
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