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How to protect your data from disgruntled employees

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We hear about cybercriminals and data hackers all the time.  But another threat lies close to home and can be equally if not more devastating.  Sensitive data and corporate intellectual property must be protected at all times, even when it comes to employees.  Disgruntled employees with malicious intent can wreak havoc, as can those who unwittingly violate corporate data use policy.

So what’s an organization to do, especially now that business is more mobile than ever?  How can sensitive data be protected from disgruntled employees?

For starters, having a solid corporate data usage policy and clear standards on the front end is a given.  Privileged passwords that are updated frequently and limited access to data are two things to consider.  In addition, the administrator should ensure that any former employees’ user accounts have been disabled.  IT departments should be vigilant, monitoring for potential insider threats and being aware of activity that looks suspicious or out of the ordinary by anyone that has access to corporate credit cards, proprietary or sensitive business data and other intellectual property.

DataLocker provides many solutions for encrypting data, which greatly reduces the risk of hacking by disgruntled employees or outsiders.  Employers have to be able to manage and track data. This includes knowing who has accessed it and from where, and through which device(s).

When it comes to mobile security, all of DataLocker’s hardware encrypted products, particularly the ones that can be managed with either IronKey EMS or SafeConsole, can give you peace of mind as you protect your data, your mobile workforce and your organization. Unlike most portable storage solutions, DataLocker drives use hardware-based encryption for seamless encryption that does not compromise performance. DataLocker drives also have a self-destruct feature so that if a drive is lost or stolen, potential attackers will not be able to use brute force to break into them. This greatly increases the odds of your organization coming out of the whole experience unscathed. It is imperative that organizations efficiently and cost-effectively protect data by administering usage and encryption policies, password restrictions, and more from a central console. These tasks are made easy with IronKeyEMS.

With SafeConsole central management server software, you can instantly gain complete and granular control over all of your encrypted USB flash drives and portable hard drives.  Additionally, you will achieve compliance for USB storage usage, while enjoying full control and audit.

SafeCrypt (formerly SkyCrypt) allows users to encrypt data seamlessly at their desktop, and as a result, only encrypted data is synced to the cloud. Even if your cloud service provider is hacked at root level or your personal login is compromised, your files are safe, secure and impenetrable.

DataLocker is committed to helping you protect your most sensitive data, at your desktop, on the go and in the cloud.  If you are interested in receiving an evaluation of your mobile security, or to try one of our products, please click here and an account executive will be in touch.  You may also email us at sales@datalocker.com.

 

How Organizations Benefit from Centrally Managed Secure USB Drives

According to research, 76% workers plug unknown USB drives into their company PCs, compromising their network security and introducing malware into the system. Besides, almost 20% of 1,000 UK office workers interviewed also revealed that they have lost unsecure USB drives containing sensitive business information. These statistics point towards the susceptibility of our sensitive data in USB drives to leakage and theft.
Hence, it only makes sense to secure data in the USB drives through secure, centrally managed systems. While secure USB automatically and instantly protects all stored data on the USB drive, SafeConsole central USB management enables complete control over the organization’s SafeConsoleReady Devices.

Organizational Benefits of Centrally Managed Secure USB Drives

Here is how organizations can use secure centrally managed USB drives to protect sensitive information:

  • Centrally managed USB drives ensure the security and availability of stored data for users, be it organizations or administrators.
  • They help USB drives evolve into a complete portable computing platform.
  • Enable users to share specific information, rather than all data present on the USB, with intended users.
  • They protect users from unintended USB malware during file sharing.
  • It is the best means of secure file sharing over the internet, especially where putting in place secure emailing may be difficult.
  • Enable organizations to comply with the safety and accountability standards, even for devices present outside the network perimeter or are offline. This is achieved by activating the device’s complete audit capacities for file changes and device actions.
  • Enable organizations to issue portable virtual workspaces for employees on their USB devices, in essence managed thumbtops – this offers a cost-effective and offers secure work environment for users within the protected workspace.
  • Central USB management also helps organizations improve their control over their private data and limits device wastage with detailed inventory of all managed devices.

How to maximize mobile security in today’s world

Mobile security threats and vulnerabilities are and should be of chief concern for every organization. Employees move around and need to bring their data with them. If you care about your organization’s privacy, chances are you already stay away form online storage solutions.  Mobile security is not immune to terrorist threats (think communication apps meant to evade eavesdropping) or hacking, for example.  Credit card and data fraud, extortion and unauthorized use are huge problems and we see major companies falling victim to breaches.  When it comes to mobile security, all of DataLocker’s hardware encrypted products, particularly the ones that can be managed with either IronKey EMS or SafeConsole, can give you peace of mind as you protect your data, your mobile workforce and your organization. Unlike most portable storage solutions, DataLocker drives use hardware-based encryption. Therefore if a drive is lost or stolen, potential attackers will not be able to use brute force to break into them. This greatly increases the odds of your organization coming out of the whole experience unscathed.

An important feature that administrators look for is having the ability to simplify security regulation compliance by giving them control over drives deployed across the enterprise. In addition, it is imperative that organizations efficiently and cost-effectively protect data by administering usage and encryption policies, password restrictions, and more from a central console. These tasks are made easy with IronKeyEMS.

Central management gives peace of mind for companies–WHEN their users forget their passwords or lose their devices–Admins will be able to take action to remedy the issue at hand. Tracking and auditing usage is also a huge benefit. Also, it allows them to get out in front of any issue, because when (not if) devices are lost on one of our Secure USB devices it does not become a reportable offense like it does if the devices are not encrypted.

IronKey EMS

Protecting your data, your mobile workforce, and your organization is easy with the IronKey Enterprise Management platform. You can quickly and easily establish a secure storage command center for administering and policing the use of IronKey encrypted Workspace devices for Windows To Go and Enterprise storage drives.  IronKey Enterprise devices can be securely managed with cloud-based or on-premise management.

In today’s world, companies are managing devices and employees all over the globe.  A single console gives your administrators an up-to-the-minute view of all IronKey Workspace and Enterprise devices under their management, no matter their location. You can easily manage user status, device status, device location, and more.  Administrators can remotely disable lost or stolen devices by locking out users and preventing password access, and even destroy a compromised device by erasing every block of data, thus rendering it unusable.

SafeConsole

With SafeConsole central management server software, you can instantly gain complete and granular control over all of your encrypted USB flash drives and portable hard drives.  Additionally, you will achieve compliance for USB storage usage, while enjoying full control and audit. The mobility and productivity benefits of USB storage devices remain intact– without the risks of malware, data leaks and breaches. Define and control administrative roles to manage, track, audit and support your end users so that they can securely and efficiently perform their job function. SafeConsole (both Cloud and On-Premises) integrates seamlessly with Active Directory to allow for simple deployment of our secure USB storage devices.

If you are interested in receiving an evaluation of your mobile security, or to try one of our products, please click here and an account executive will be in touch.  You may also email us at sales@datalocker.com.

 

 

 

How to take control and manage your secure USB drives

The USB drive is everywhere- they can be purchased at every check out counter from office supply stores to convenience stores.  They are portable, small and can hold a relatively large amount of data and make data transport a breeze between office or school and home.  But with portability comes inherent security challenges.

USB device theft, accidental loss and the spread of malicious code can lead to data breaches, compromised customer information, loss of intellectual property and a loss of consumer and even stakeholder confidence. Unsecured and unmanaged USB drives have the potential to becomes digital weapons, as they are the perfect vehicle for delivering malicious programs and viruses. Unsecure USB drives can easily have their firmware rewritten, thus enabling them to inject code into every computer they come into contact with.  Often the owner isn’t even aware that their USB device has been compromised, so they continue to share the infected USB drive.

It may surprise you to know that only 50% of companies have a USB device usage policy, and only about one-half of those companies actually enforce their policies (The State of USB Drive Security, Ponemon Institute, sponsored by Kingston, July 2011).  If you don’t have a data security and management plan in place…you’re not alone.  But- there are things you can and should do to take immediate action! Properly managed, secure USB drives can be a useful tool for companies, and whenever that data becomes portable, a comprehensive plan becomes paramount to the success of data security.  There are several things to consider as part of your planning:

  • How do we get devices connected to a server and under the control of management?
  • Who is ultimately responsible for the devices?
  • Is the end solution compliant with legislation and the organization’s policies?
  • Does the security solution “make sense” for the real world?
  • What does the future hold for this technology?  Is it likely to be supported in years to come?
  • Does our strategy secure ALL of our digital assets, including secure USB drives?

Hardware encrypted USB flash drives are an essential component of a comprehensive data loss prevention (DLP) strategy. DataLocker offers both FIPS 140-2 level 3 devices and standard secure USB flash drives.  All secure USB flash drives from DataLocker can be managed by the SafeConsole central management system which offers enforcement of password policies, remote password resets and audit for compliance and much more.  For additional information or to learn more about our products, please contact us.

Developing a strategy to deploy and secure all digital assets along with implementing the right central management system will create a seamless, secure workflow solution.  It is incumbent upon organizations to mitigate the potential for a USB data breach, which could cost millions in the long run.

 

 

Welcome to our blog!

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Welcome to our new DataLocker blog.  We hope you’ll find it to be informative, useful and even a bit fun-  and that you’ll check back often and see what we’re up to.  You’ll find the latest from our teams all over the globe.  We’ll share timely industry updates, product information and the latest on data security solutions. We love to stay involved and engaged with the communities in which we live, work and play; so we’ll let you know what we’re out and about doing. CTO David Kim, CFO/COO Michael Yim or any of our team members might chime in with their thoughts on the latest DataLocker or industry news as well.

If you’re new to our website or new to DataLocker, hello. Here’s what we’re all about: Innovation. Innovation is the cornerstone of our data security solutions. And innovation drives solid results.  Our work encompasses:

Encrypted Storage – this includes encrypted hard drives, encrypted USB flash drives, encrypted media and cloud encryption gateway.

Central Management – IronKey EMS and SafeConsole, both available as a Cloud or On-Prem solution, to quickly and easily establish a secure storage command center for administering and policing all your encrypted endpoints.

Solutions – Customers from many sectors trust us to protect their sensitive data. Our customers include military and government, finance, energy, legal and healthcare sectors.

Get to know us!  We hope you’ll follow our blog and check back often.  Feel free to contact us– we’d love to hear from you.

-Jay Kim, CEO

Jay Kim is the founder and CEO of DataLocker, a leading provider of data security solutions. Since founding the company in 2007, Jay has led DataLocker to be among the most recognized providers of data encryption systems. With customers in over 30 countries, DataLocker devices are trusted to secure sensitive information for customers such as the US Air Force, Federal Reserve Bank, NASA, Lloyds Bank and the US State Department.