WHAT IS IT?

Any exchangeable memory media - USB sticks, memory cards, external hard disks, floppy disks, CD/DVD media - that can have information downloaded onto it and that can be transported. These devices play a critical role in the modern mobile workforce.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Users download information from their computers onto removable media devices in order to store and/or transport data. Users can then extract the data to another portable device or PC in order to work with it.

While convenient to use, these removable devices are often reported lost by users, putting the data stored on them at risk. Many users rely on more than one removable device, and most report having lost more than one of these.

SHOULD I BE WORRIED?

Users report storing business critical data on removable media - including contact data, financial data and customer information - but most do not take measures to protect this data.

HOW CAN I PREVENT IT?

Corporations can develop a removable media policy that outlines use of these devices and what kind of data can be stored on them. Encryption solutions that protect removable media devices, and still allow users to work with stored data, are also available.

Malte Pollmann, vice-president, products, Utimaco.