USB or flash drives are one of the most convenient and easy-to-use ways for staffers to transport important info. But new research suggests these little devices can do much more harm than good.
USB drives are the tech equivalent of a sick staffer who comes into the office and spreads his germs like wildfire, according to a recent study by the antivirus firm Sophos. The study of 50 randomly tested flash drives found that:
- Two-thirds of the USB drives contained at least one strain of malware, and
- None of the 50 drives were secured with any type of encryption protection.
On top of these issues, USB drives have been used by help departing staffers to take confidential financial info with them.
So, considering all of the risks involved, it may be worthwhile to at least look into banning these devices from your Finance department.