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Removable Media Controls – 10 Steps to Cyber Security

Removable media can store and transfer a lot of data and information which may be sensitive or confidential, meaning it creates many more risks for a business.

What are the risks?

  • Loss of information is the device is misplaced or stolen, which compromises the confidentiality of the information
  • Introduction of malware, which can infected removable media and any computers it connects to
  • Information leakage and reputation damage as a result
  • Financial loss from the stored data’s value or penalties if sensitive information is lost

How can the risk be managed?

  •  Produce corporate policies: This will outline processes and solutions to control the use of removable media
  • Limit the use of removable media
  • Scan all media for malware
  • Audit media holdings regularly: Removable media should be formally issued by the organisation
  • Encrypt the information held on the media
  • Lock down access to media drives: secure baseline build should deny access to media drives (including USB ports) by default, and only allow access to approved devies
  • Monitor systems: detect and react to unauthorised use of removable media
  • Manage the reuse and disposal of removable media
  • Educate users and maintain their awareness on risks and company policies

 

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