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USB Drive Security Still Lags

While USB drives are frequent pieces of business hardware, a new report says that one-third of US businesses have no policy governing their use.

Though nearly nine out of 10 US businesses use USB drives in their IT operation, less than half use any monitoring or encryption to protect the data on those highly portable devices. And the trends are getting worse: Only 47% have a policy for lost or stolen drives compared with 50% with such policies in 2017.

A new report, sponsored by Apricorn, says that 36% of organizations have no written policy concerning USB devices at all. Employees of the companies, however, think that securing the devices is important, with 91% saying that all USB drives should be encrypted.

In one bit of positive news from the research, there was a significant drop in the percentage of companies making regular use of unencrypted USB drives, with 58% doing so in the most recent study compared with 82% in 2017.

For more, read here.

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