IBM Bans all Removable Storage

If you’re looking for good examples of safe cyber security policy, take note of IBM’s recent actions.

In an advisory to employees, IBM Global Chief Information Security Office Shamla Naidoo said that the company is “expanding the practice of prohibiting data transfer to all removable portable storage devices.” This will include USB, SD cards, flash drives, etc.

Why are they taking this step? According to Naidoo, “the possible financial and reputational damage from misplaced, lost or misused removable portable storage devices must be minimised.” Or in other words, it’s just not worth the risk.

IBM will have employees use it’s own synchronization application service for moving data around.

The takeaway for your business? Only let your employees use approved removable storage devices that are trackable and managed, and don’t permit use of non-secure and unmanageable Cloud storage services.

Every MicroData Managed Service Plan includes our exclusive Ransomware Guardian – a suite of cybersecurity tools with functionality that includes limiting and managing removable storage and restricting the use of Cloud-based file sharing services. And our SecureCloud Sync service provides Cloud-based file sharing but without the risks inherent in consumer-grade solutions like DropBox™ or OneDrive™.