IT managers are waking up to a fresh threat to the safety of stored data -- portable storage.
With the growing popularity of USB memory sticks, iPods, MP3 players, and other portable storage devices, IT pros face the awful potential that mobile workers could steal or contaminate unguarded enterprise data stores.
A recent example: A U.K. news broadcast's investigation of data theft at call centers in India aired on Britain's Channel 4 last night. Apparently, criminals have set up a black market for personal financial data about mobile phone customers that's pilfered by Asian call center employees.
The report, which aired on a program called "Dispatches," deployed undercover reporters for nearly a year. The reporters filmed transactions in which bank account data on U.K. customers was sold for up to $55 per record.
"The program confirmed what we have been saying for a number of months, that data theft is rife within call centers across the U.K. and India, and that small USB sticks are one of the primary ways to get data out of the organization," said Matt Fisher, VP at Centennial Software, in a news release today.