Employee loses USB drive containing nuclear safety report

Officials in England recently saw firsthand the information security dangers created by employees’ portable USB drives. 

An employee of the U.K.’s Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) recently lost an unencrypted USB thumb drive containing a safety assessment of a nuclear plant.

The ONR has said the device didn’t contain any “significantly sensitive” data, the BBC reports. Most of the information had already been published online.

However, the ONR has launched an investigation because of the incident. The agency’s policies prohibit documents such as these from being carried on unencrypted devices.

Incidents like this should provide a lesson to IT managers about the dangers of sensitive information being compromised due to lost or stolen USB drives. To minimize the risks, companies should train users and consider offering secure, encrypted drives to users who might need them.

Read more tips on securing USB drives.

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