To encrypt USB or not to encrypt USB, that is the question!

Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of a data breach misfortune,
Or to take up secure USB arms against a sea of troubles…

I could go on quoting Shakespeare all day in my very English information security way, but I won’t. Recently I was asked a very similar question to the one above, ‘should we use secure USB sticks or not?’

My answer to this was very clear, that if you want your organisation to avoid the risk of a data breach, you need to use hardware-encrypted USB sticks when you transfer data outside of the organisation, such as SafeXs 3.0. Using SafeXs 3.0 sticks will protect any data stored on them to a high degree as the data is hardware encrypted, which is more secure than using software encryption.

You should also use a USB stick management solution such as SafeConsole to ensure you are managing your secure USB sticks. This offers the advantage of being able to remote wipe data if a stick goes missing, enforce security policy across your sticks and a whole host of other security features.

To paraphrase Shakespeare again: If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you use non-encrypted USB sticks we will not suffer a data breach?

The answer to the latter question is probably yes. If you move data about on insecure devices you probably will suffer a data breach. But as Shakespeare said again, ‘Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind’. Do you want to be haunted by your suspicions that you are putting your organisation at risk by not using a secure USB solution?

Anyway, I will leave you with a couple more Shakespeare quotes that I have paraphrased: The course of true information security never did run smooth. Ensure your information security runs smooth through the use of a simple, secure USB stick such as SafeXs 3.0 that is  used in conjunction with SafeConsole Secure USB Management.

Parting is such sweet sorrow, until a securer tomorrow!