Do iPods Offer Threat for Data Leakage in the Workplace?

A recent survey on whether organizations are prepared for data breaches from iPods, MP3 players and USB flash drives, showed the small devices may be more of a threat than some expected. The survey found that although organizations see rapid growth in the use of these portable storage devices, few have a solution to prevent widespread data loss via these easy-to-lose devices.

  • 86 percent of the people polled cited the USB flash drive as the device most often used to store data exchanged between computers; data-centric smart phones with SD cards came in second. But when asked to rank these devices as a source of data leakage, respondents thought the iPod was as much of a threat as the SD card/smart phone.
  • Use of the iPod at work is high - With 61 percent of respondents stating that they use their iPod when traveling or at work.
  • While I'll admit nearly everyone I know uses an iPod in the workplace for listening to music, I only know a handful of people that use the devices for their data storage. Do you use your iPod, MP3 Player or flash drive to store data and have you ever heard of anyone leaking data via such devices? Could this just be another side effect of ever-growing fears of office security as employees become more tech savvy?

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