USB flash in the Lan

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You wouldn’t consider buying a laptop at your nearest consumer electronics store and bringing it into the office to work on, right? What about a RAID disk or a CD drive? – didn’t think so. Yet one device that nearly everyone buys privately and keeps in their pockets these days to store both their personal data and confidential corporate data is seldom controlled or secured by the corporation: USB flash drives.

The staggering growth of USB flash drives, from 5 million units sold worldwide in 2002 to 46 million units in 2004 (Source: Gartner), has left many IT departments at odds on how to best tackle this useful, yet potentially risky appliance. Some companies still opt to ban USB drives in their ...

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