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UK Firms Ignore USB Security Claims Study

A study conducted by Ponemon Institute found that USB sticks are a main security weakness for a number of UK organisations as many employees are using them for transporting data without taking permission or even bothering to inform the organisation if they lose one.

The study was conducted for Kingston Technologies and it polled a total of 2942 IT globally wherein 451 staff was from the UK. The results showed that 73 percent staff uses USB drives without any permission or authorisation and 72 percent didn't report loss in past two years.

It was also revealed that out of all the organisations only half of them have employed some or the other security policy or some technology for such devices. Awareness of any such risk related to the issue is low in Britain as compared to other countries like Germany, reported PC Advisor (opens in new tab).

Most of the organisations are very reluctant in enforcing usage of drives that are secure and around 55 percent workers are using generic drives either they picked from some trade show or conference or simply bought by themselves.

Larry Ponemon of Ponemon Institute commented, "If you lose a laptop you can't do your work; if you lose a USB stick nobody will ever know about it,"

Ponemon Added, "To many people a USB stick is just a ubiquitous device."

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Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.