Data Theft{5}

by Daniel M
The article that i read was about how the largest threat to data is through thumb drives. the article talks about how in the last 2 years 37% of the companies that were polled had lost data from the loss or theft of USB devices. 91% of the companies that were polled allow their employees to use USB devices to store data on their networks. The article talks about how 81% of the companies require the data to be encrypted but at least two thirds of them do not follow through with checking to make sure that their employees are actually encrypting their data. The statistics show that more than 50% of employees take confidential data out of their work with portable devices everyday and 75% of companies have reported data loss from negligence of their employees. The article talks about how companies should be auditing the data that is being uploaded onto these devices to make sure that they are being encrypted.

I found this article interesting because it talks about how the largest threat to data theft if due to carelessness on the employees side. I always thought that the biggest threat to data theft was from hackers breaking into the companies systems and stealing the data. This goes to show us as students that we need to make sure that we are doing everything we can to make sure that we are securing all of our data. I think that as students if we get in the habit of encrypting data then this sis something that we will never have to worry about. I think that the loss of data because an employee is being careless is something that should not be tolerated and is something that we can prevent by forming good habits.


Rubenking, N. (2012, March 01). Rsa: Worst threat to data security is in your pocket. PC Magazine, Retrieved from