Without SafeConsole, productivity can come with a price

Posted by: on Jan 24, 2012 | No Comments

The USB flash drive is certainly something of a phenomenon, as they are used as a productivity tool with which millions of end users can easily transport data. But for organizations who make use of USB flash drives, but not a granular USB management application (such as our own, award-winning SafeConsole application), the advance of such productivity tools can come with a hefty price tag.

According to a recent report, corporate employees most frequently use their USB flash drives to copy customer data, financial data and business/marketing proposals and plans, and employee data. That said, you don’t have to be Einstein to figure out that in the event of a lost or stolen network flash drive, your organization is going to be at a great risk for loss.

All told, the average cost of a data breach can be upwards of $200/per record, and, once again, you don’t have to be someone whose name is on the wall at M.I.T. to figure out, then, that – given the amount of data one device can hold – a lost or stolen USB flash drive can result in quite a financial fallout.

So what do we make of the fact that the USB flash drive is such a powerful, inexpensive and convenient productivity tool for the workplace, which – at the same time – can lead to the types of data losses and breaches that can send an organization spiraling into damage-control mode?

A few things…

Firstly, there is an old saying:

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Sadly, it seems that most companies are not yet willing to abide by this sage advice (that wise granddads have been passing down for centuries). So many organizations get caught in the headlights. They don’t worry about USB management until it’s already too late. And by too late, we mean that innumerable records have already been lost or otherwise breached.

The investment required to implement SafeConsole is minimal; yet the value of what SafeConsole gives your organization, is quite simply off the charts. With our SafeConsole application you can ensure that every SafeConsoleReady USB device within your network is (24/7/365) accounted for and protected. You are given granular control over your network of USB devices; allowing for remote kill (in the event of a lost or stolen drive), remote password reset, comprehensive file restriction, and, overall, safe and sound status protection of your sensitive and confidential corporate data.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – and SafeConsole is a big part of the prevention. But, hey, if your organization can afford to be throwing so many pounds and dollars down the toilet, then by all means. Everyone else, feel free to request a free evaluation, right now, to find out how SafeConsole can help you achieve the safety and security you need when it comes to the use of USB flash drives in the workplace.

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