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USB Flash drive/thumb drive etc

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#1 Dennis the Menace

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 02:43 AM


Don't know if this is the correct place for this but I'm sure that one of the Moderators will put the information in the correct place.

Sec Def and Military ban on use of USB Flash drives

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#2 Andrew


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Posted 29 December 2008 - 04:50 PM

Erm, I'm not sure what you're getting at. Are you warning us not o use USB flash drives or not to use them if we're using a DoD computer? :thumbsup:

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 10:22 PM

2008 and the DOD,NASA,NSA, HLS just stopped the use of flash sticks,cd's ect from taking info off of computers and taking them off site or to a open computer. What took them so long? This is basic security. The U.S. government get a big DA from me.

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 05:35 PM

There are plenty of secure flash keys with encryption built right into them. Then there are keys made expressly to encrypt the hard drives in a machine. The smarter thing would be to adopt the new technology and use the features currently available, instead of taking a step backwards and banning them.

Although the article does seem to state that it was user error at fault. Even if you have the best encryption in the world on your flash drive... If you take your work home, and end up downloading (and encrypting :thumbsup: ) a virus, and then bringing it back to work... And then there's the person who does bring in the camera card to put wallpaper on their computer.

I guess the lesson should be that users should be prohibited from removing data from the premesis, rather than simply not being able to bring removable drives. They should issue and keep track of thumb drives like they track issuance of guns. Or like system admins track who has the token key rings.

Just a stream-of-consciousness rant...

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