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Businsees still aren't encrypting removable devices

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Improperly secured USB devices are still a major security threats for many businesses, new research has said.

Flash drives which often change hands and devices, are generally considered as breeding ground for different malware and other malicious payloads. They can also be lost and stolen, and if a stolen device carries important data, that could result in a GDPR fine.

For those reasons, cybersecurity experts often warn organisations to be extra careful when allowing USB devices to their employees. One of the ways to stay secure is to keep the data on a USB device encrypted.

However, latest research from ESET and Kingston Technology says that more than half (55 per cent) of organisations don’t encrypt their removable devices. The report is based on a poll of 500 British business leaders.

The same survey uncovered that almost two thirds (62 per cent) of executives see USB devices in unsecured locations (desks, drawers, exposed office space).

“With GDPR one-year milestone just a month away, it is interesting to see what businesses are doing differently to protect themselves from cyber security issues and fines,” commented Jake Moore, Cybersecurity specialist at ESET.

“The survey reveals that companies are still not adequately protected from data leaks as this level of unencrypted devices means anyone can access personal data without security clearances. This poses significant security concerns for firms that do not have the processes in place to ensure their data is safe. One of the ways to do this is through the use of encryption. However, the survey reveals that password protection is still widely used amongst businesses even though it lacks in sophistication.”

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Sead Fadilpašić
Sead Fadilpašić

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.