Universal Serial Bus (USBs) are removable storage devices used to transfer and store digital files. They're a handy way to share information, but they're also easy targets for malicious software. Any USB, or other form of removable storage device, could be infected with malicious software and there's often no way to tell until it's too late.
USBs have been commonplace in work environments for a while, but if they are being used by your employees without proper inspection and monitoring, then your organization could be at risk. The danger with USBs is that it is hard for most people to tell if they are infected. Without a strong policy on USBs, employees are free to use unknown USBs on your network leaving it open to attack.
Like most cyber attacks, a USB attack is opportunistic. Hackers will infect USBs with malicious software, such as viruses, spyware, rootware and more. All of these can do irrevocable damage to your network as soon as they are installed.
USB attacks rely on human behavior for success. In most cases, the providers of USBs do not know if the USB is infected. Many people will plug an unknown USB into their computer.
USB attacks are caused by human error. If you're not monitoring the USBs being used on your network, you're putting your systems and data at risk. Protect your business by:
We have plenty of useful resources and information available to help you become aware of the threats to your business.