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

Stop data from going for a (thumb) drive

Date: June 6, 2013
Time: 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET

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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 speaker:
Chris Merritt, director of solution marketing, Lumension

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