Corporate USB Flash Drives – The new era in Mobile Data Security?

With equipment loss and theft at increasingly high levels, according to a recent survey commissioned by Dell, “up to 12,000 Laptop Computers were lost weekly and up to 600,000 lost annually in U.S. Airports with 53 percent of mobile professionals carrying confidential company information”, the decision of where to store data is a common one, especially for the mobile worker.

Whilst independent self employed people and smaller business are choosing to store data either within Cloud Applications such as Google Docs, or online file storage services such as Mozy, users in larger organizations traditionally store their data either on their laptop or a USB Flash Drive.

USB Flash Drives have had a bad press, and one can find any number of stories in the press of storage devices being lost or left in public places with vital data on, however, that landscape has now changed with the introduction of the Sandisk Cruzer Enterprise USB Flash Drive.

The device is a self-contained security powerhouse, incorporating independent 256Bit AES encryption, mandatory access control, complex password requirements and a lockdown mode preventing the device from being used after a set number of incorrect passwords.

The real power, however comes when you couple the USB Flash Drive with the Sandisk CMC Management Software. This software integrates with Active Directory, requires no client software, and provides central backup and restore of data on each device once connected to an authorised computer within the corporate network.

Remote termination technology allows an administrator to remotely deactivate and erase a lost device when connected to a computer with internet connectivity. Once the user associated with the lost device is issued with a new flash drive, the new device automatically restores all data from the previous device stored on a server within the organization.  The software can also generate audit logs showing all files copied onto or off of a device for regulatory compliance purposes.