U.S. Dept. of Defense Allowing Highly Secure Thumb Drives Back into the Workplace

If you’ve ever worked in a secured environment, you may have run across bans on all kinds of devices and peripherals: CD/DVD drives/discs, cameras, and cell phones for example. The good ol’ thumb drive, however, is about to be readmitted by the U.S. Department of Defense…

DoD To Allow Thumb Drives Again

…with some restrictions. Thumb drives must be approved for use and…

– can be tracked by system adminstrator
– require a password or some other authentication process
– be encrypted
– work with DoD “malware scrubbing kiosks”
– anti-virus software in the drive
– feature to prevent copying or forwarding information from the drive
– feature to prevent saving unapproved information on the drive