Security: USB drives to be destroyed

Security officials are issuing USB flash drives to workers in the state of Washington’s Division of Child Support as part of a new security procedure established to eliminate the use of nonapproved thumb drives by workers collecting and transporting confidential data.

The state has so far distributed 150 of 200 SanDisk Corp. Cruzer Enterprise thumb drives to unit supervisors in the division who manage collections teams in 10 field offices, said officials (see also “Review: 7 secure USB drives”).

Brian Main, the division’s data security officer, said the new drives promise to help officials keep better track of mobile data by integrating them with Web-based management software that can centrally monitor, configure and prevent unauthorized access to the miniature storage devices.

“We do periodic risk analysis of our systems, and one of the things that came up is the use of thumb drives — they were everywhere,” said Main. “We had a hard time telling which were privately owned and which were owned by the state.” He also said that officials had difficulty keeping track of what data was stored on the workers’ thumb drives. (link)


1 Response to “Security: USB drives to be destroyed”

  1. 1 » Security: USB drives to be destroyed Trackback on March 18, 2008 at 9:57 am

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