Stop data from going for a (thumb) drive
Stop data from going for a (thumb) drive

Stop data from going for a (thumb) drive

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Earlier this year, a government contractor helping to build the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services' Medicaid billing system lost a USB thumb drive. On it was stored the personal information of more than 50,000 Medicaid providers nationwide – including full names, Social Security numbers, addresses and dates of birth. Fortunately, no patient information was breached. Still, the employee responsible was put on administrative leave by the private contractor, Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC), and an independent third-party assessment into the company's security posture was initiated.

This, of course, does little to help those directly impacted by the loss. It is, however, a clear example of just how policies and procedures around thumb drive use have become a critical part of any risk management plan. Yet, many organizations still overlook the many risks that use of such devices can introduce. Just recently, SC Magazine research, sponsored by Lumension, revealed that nearly a third of 329 information security pros responding to our poll witnessed employees storing sensitive internal information on thumb drives. Another 12 percent said they know that customer data is stored on these. But, only 37 percent have implemented security technologies to protect these useful, but vulnerable offerings.

Join us for a 20/20 webcast during which we talk to Chris Merritt about the challenges associated with these pervasive storage devices, and what steps your company can take to prevent the misuse – whether inadvertent or malicious – of data transfer.


Featured Speakers:

Chris Merritt, director of solution marketing, Lumension

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Chris Merritt is a Director of Solution Marketing at Lumension. He has worked for over a decade in the software industry, along with previous experience in the solar, semiconductor and defense industries. In his role at Lumension, he leads the market positioning and strategy for Lumension's endpoint and data protection solutions. He routinely delivers compliance and security-related presentations, whitepapers, webcasts, and is a regular contributor to the Lumension blog (http://blog.lumension.com/author/chris-merritt/) . Prior to joining Lumension, Chris held various engineering, technical marketing and product management roles at high tech companies, and has lived & worked in Europe and Japan. Chris earned a BSME from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Thunderbird.

Illena Armstrong, VP, editorial, SC Magazine

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Illena Armstrong is VP editorial of SC Magazine. She is responsible for overseeing the award-winning monthly publication and its many other editorial offerings, including scmagazine.com, the SC Magazine Canada monthly digital editions, numerous eConferences, webcasts, newsletters and physical events in the United States and Canada, and more. She has spoken and moderated at a number of industry events, including SC World Congress, SC Congress Canada, SC Magazine Roundtables, the RSA Conference, the Techno Security Conference and others. On her watch, SC Magazine has won more than 20 awards, including Magazine of the Year 2009, from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). Before her stint at SC Magazine, she worked for various newspapers and magazines in New England and the southern United States. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Photography from the University of North Florida and a Master of Education from Northeastern University.


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