Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, has been at the forefront of how the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) cybersecurity regulations effective this month will affect anyone who processes data of European Union residents. Major corporations and global organizations are reacting to the security threat of removable storage by banning them without realizing the problems this creates. Instead, the use of encrypted USB Flash drives – such as Kingston’s IronKey and DataTraveler models – along with having standards, policies and guidelines for the use of encrypted USB storage devices are essential elements in promoting cybersecurity, maintaining workforce productivity and compliance with GDPR.
“We believe that businesses and other entities which ban their employees from using removable storage devices have not conducted sufficient analysis to understand the many ways data flows in and out of an organization,” said Richard Kanadjian, encrypted USB business manager, Kingston. “Simply stopping USB usage altogether will not prevent people from exposing or stealing valuable data, but there are readily available solutions to control access to USB ports, USB drives and what data can be copied to them.”