Removable device encryption for small businesses

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Here at Creative Network Solutions, we are Manchester’s leading IT support and network services experts, and we offer a wide range of network and security solutions for businesses of all sizes. This includes device encryption. But why should you ensure that your removable devices are encrypted? And what are the benefits of this?

What is encryption?

Encryption is a common and effective tool for keeping data safe. This is the process of scrambling text and data to make this unreadable and unintelligible, unless you have access to the key needed to unscramble it. Encryption can be applied to individual files, folders, volumes or entire disks within a computer, as well as USB flash drives and files stored in the cloud.

What are the advantages of removable device encryption for small businesses?

There are a number of important reasons why you should enforce an encryption policy for your company, particularly focused on removable devices and drives. The advantages of this type of encryption include:

  •  Keeping your business safe- statistics suggest that between 10 and 20% of data breaches and attacks in companies of all sizes have arisen as a result of an insecure or infected USB drive or removable hard drive. These removable devices can be plugged into employee home networks or computers which may not have the same standard of security as your company network. This means that cyber criminals that have infected your employees computer will be able to access the contents of the removable device, and also have the power to change or enter data, including infecting these with malicious files. However, if your removable device has been encrypted, this becomes much more difficult. As a result, ensuring that all of these devices have encrypted hardware, rather than relying on encrypted software, can be a great way to protect your company data and prevent important information from being stolen by cyber criminals.
  •  Keeping your data safe- As well as keeping your network systems safe from infection, encrypting your removable device can also help to keep your data safe. This is because anyone who has access to the removable device will not be able to access the data that is stored on it, because the encryption key will be needed.

Which devices should be encrypted?

When it comes to encryption, software encryption should be used whenever appropriate, and hardware encryption should be used for:

  • USB devices
  • Removable hard drives
  • Mobile devices including company tablets

For more information or advice about device encryption and security, why not ask the experts today, here at Creative Network Solutions.