Increased use of USB sticks may pose data security problems

Last year, many data loss and data breach incidents left millions of people at risk. 552 of the reported data breaches were caused due to the increased use of removable media and laptops. A security and forensic analyst claimed that that the 5.9 million records that were exposed in 2008 could have all been protected if the right measures had been taken.

A main concern with data breaches lies in the increased use of removable data devices and laptops, combined with the many companies now affected by reduced IT budgets. Research also shows that the use of USB sticks and portable mobile devices will increase data security risks in this coming year.

The number of data loss incidents in the last year put thousands of people at risk and left even more vulnerable with the leak of personal and private data. The most drastic incidents were made by government agencies leaving the public feeling even more exposed leading to a lack of faith in these agencies. Companies are being warned to use better data storage methods like online data backup; however, very few heed these warnings.

It is important for companies and agencies that handle sensitive information to use a remote data backup system as it can help protect the data or restore it should anything happen to the data.

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