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
) 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...