How easily can your colleagues transfer data around the business? Too easily or not easily enough?
Do you need to re-think how your colleagues/ staff transfer data around the business?
IBM have announced that they are banning their staff from using USB sticks to reduce the transfer of data outside of the business, and to help minimise the risk of data loss and a GDPR breach.
Do you and your colleagues use USBs? The chances of anything negative happening (other than realising you can’t find it at the bottom of your bag or pocket) are on the whole, minimal but is it good practice post GDPR to stop staff using them? Probably, yes. But more importantly have you trained your staff to understand the possible implications of downloading data, regardless of to which device? The humble USB stick is just easier to lose than a laptop.
Are USB’s the best/ most effective way of transferring data anyway?
So aside from the possibilities of losing a USB stick, maybe the more important aspect of the conversation is actually how data is shared within businesses not to mention accessibility.
I am often shocked by how many businesses are still not using Cloud products to keep all documents and data safe, plus how many have still not provided all staff (where relevant) with remote access. A business that can run securely and safely from anywhere is surely more likely to excel against its competitors.
I doubt many people will remember what a USB is in 10 years time.
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