Study: USB Drives open door to data loss
InformationWeek highlights a new study showing that malware on USB sticks is wreaking havoc on information security. The new survey by the Ponemon Institute found:
In the past two years, 70% of businesses have traced the loss of sensitive or confidential information to USB flash memory sticks. While such losses can obviously occur when the devices get lost or stolen, 55% of those incidents are likely related to malware-infected devices that introduced malicious code onto corporate networks.
Most of the respondents do not have any form of endpoint security in place, or don't enforce their own USB security policies. Cost may be an important factor as "75% of respondents said they wouldn't pay a premium to ensure that USB drives are safe and secure."
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