Unencrypted removable storage devices pose company risk

Unencrypted removable storage devices pose company risk say Origin Storage

Research just released in the US claims to show that three quarters of workers are now saving corporate data on unencrypted USB sticks – a percentage that poses a severe risk to firms on the data leakage front, says Andy Cordial, managing director of Origin Storage, the storage systems integration specialist.

"If the results of this survey from Applied Research-West (http://bit.ly/c5Axps) are extrapolated to the UK, the potential consequences are horrendous, especially with the massive new penalties for breaches of the Data Protection Act that start on April 6," he

"And when you break down the figures to show that 25 per cent of saved USB stick data covers customer records, 17 per cent financial information and 15 per cent company business plans, you start to realise the real risk that companies are running with unencrypted mobile data," he added.

According to Cordial, whilst full disk encryption on laptops is an option that many organisations are exploring, this can be overkill for most situations, especially where the employee is using the portable device to take work home or out into the field.

A far more effective solution is to store the confidential information on a portable encrypted drive in the office environment, and then, when the need to take the data away from the office, the portable unit is easily transportable.

And, the Origin Storage MD went on to say, as the just-reported Barnet Council data loss incident (http://bit.ly/8Y0Hw0) - in which the data records of 9,000 school children have been stolen in an unencrypted format - clearly shows, there is a definite need for encrypted portable storage in most organisations.

"Devices such as our own Data Locker Pro series (http://bit.ly/2vb6y9) which protects information on an encrypted portable drive, and is further defended using PIN security, are an ideal solution that meets all regulatory needs," he said.

"And since they are highly secure, they can integrate well with company security policies when it comes to securing data against prying eyes," he added.

For more on Origin Storage: www.originstorage.com

Founded in 2001 and based in Hampshire, UK, Origin Storage Ltd. is fast becoming one of Europe's leading IT storage manufacturers. Its wide-ranging product portfolio includes branded hard disk drive solutions, RAID solutions and OEM parts.

Origin Storage is a main supplier for all Tier one manufacturers, providing matched storage upgrades and has held a Pan European Agreement with Dell™ for the past five years. The business has grown year on year and now supplies to main distribution and reseller partners across EMEA.

In January 2006 Origin Storage acquired the brand and assets of Amacom and began to manufacture the Amacom range of portable storage solutions including the Flip2disk, IOdisk and Portable Optical solutions. It is also a distributor for some of the most respected storage enclosure manufacturers and offers a full range of rack, desktop and RAID products and accessories.

The company’s emphasis on superior customer service, UK-based assembly and stock-holding that delivers competitive pricing and unbeatable turn-around times makes Origin Storage the ideal partner for all storage management needs.

Source: Eskenzi PR