Long live the USB – The small hero of securing data

Robert Allen, Director of Marketing & Technical Services at Kingston Technology

Being concerned about security and encryption nowadays is mandatory. Encrypting confidential data that can be moved constitutes a substantial way to limit potential damage – which will become a high priority for many EU organizations when we take into consideration the new fines that will be applied after the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR) which will take full l effect in 2018.

The number of reported incidents concerning the loss of data due to the misplacement of a CD, a camera phone, a USB, is surprisingly high, and human error is not a variable that can be completely eliminated.  Organizations incur significant losses, are forced to pay fines, offer compensations, and suffer major PR crisis that could be crippling to the organization monetarily and to their reputation.

Research shows the current average loss caused by a data leak to a large EU-based company stands at over three million pounds. From 2018 organizations are at risk of facing increasingly high financial sanctions for negligence: up to 20 million Euros or 4 percent of annual revenue. This sum adds to any costs incurred due to damages and loss of reputation.

Data encryption –within and outside the premises of the company firewall - can prevent disasters. The use of an encrypted USB would make sure the data on it remains private. All of Kingston’s Secure USB offering uses a 256-bit key and XTS mode as a minimum with additional features and security standards available up to military grade such as FIPS 140-2 level 3 certification; tamper-evident epoxy seal for brute force attempts, managed and customised solutions.

The use of an encrypted drive per se is not a herculean task:  no technical knowledge is required by the person using it.  Complexity lies rather in developing awareness around the protection of sensitive data as well as implementing suitable procedures and having them put into practice throughout the organization.

For more information please visit: www.kingston.com/en/usb/encrypted_security


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