USB Flash Memory Security
Posted on 2009-05-23
I am looking for a solution to USB Flash Memory Security.
USB sticks are getting to be a nightmare with all our users requesting them or bringing their own. The easiest solution is to block USB flash, which was done previously, but that restriction has been removed against not just my advice, but many other colleagues in the IT Dept.
Currently we do not have a Data Leakage Prevention system in place and even if we did, the problem would still lie with the USB sticks as information would still reside on them.
I am looking for a solution that will allow:
1. Encryption of any USB stick
2. Require password authentication
3. Not require escalated priviliges
I have seen Truecrypt and while it is a great tool, I can foresee the users ignoring it as it would be too complex.
The types of USB sticks provided in my country are limited in variety. We don't have the encrypted USB sticks by Kingston and other vendors and would require to order them online.
I have seen the U3 sticks and think they somewhat meet the bare minimum requirement but due to the fact you can install applications on them, I am a bit weary.
If anyone can suggest a software solution or a way to block the installation of U3 apps on the stick, I would be grateful.