According to the Ponemon Institute, 59% of people who lost their job admitted to taking confidential company information with them either on DVD or using USB drives. The proliferation of consumer devices such as iPods, USB devices, Smart Phones and more, has dramatically increased the risk of intentional and unintentional data leaks and other malicious activity.
While most companies have anti-virus software, firewalls, email and web content security to protect against external threats, few realize how easy it is for an employee to simply walk in and copy large amounts of sensitive data onto an iPod or USB stick.
There is also an increased risk of malicious and other illegal software introduction to your network through these devices. Of course your administrator could lock down all ports, an ill-advised, difficult and unsustainable solution.
Many businesses are unaware of, or choose to ignore, the threat presented by portable devices in their network environment until some event, ranging from unfortunate to catastrophic, happens. In hard economic times, cybercrime and data leakage increase and endpoints are an easy target.
The key to managing portable devices in your business environment is to give your administrators direct control over what devices are in use on your network. With EndPoint software you not only gain control over what is in use but you also know what has been used and by who, and most importantly you gain in-depth knowledge of what data has been copied.
EndPoint software allows administrators to actively manage user access and log the activity of:
- Media players, including iPods, Creative Zen and others
- USB drives, CompactFlash, memory cards, CDs, floppies & other portable storage devices
- PDAs, BlackBerry handhelds, mobile phones, smart phones and similar communication devices
- Network cards, laptops and other network connections.