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Can USB Drives be used for backups

The usage of USB sticks has made it very easy to move/copy data from one machine to another. However the following risks are introduced through the usage of USB Sticks.

  • A file that has a vulnerability in it can be spread between machines.
  • A Virus can be transferred from one machine to the next.
  • Commercially sensitive files can leak out of a company through the usage of private memory sticks
The usage of memory sticks should be minimised to essential usage only. Not private data or entertainment files should be transferred via Memory sticks, as this increases the probability of a virus or vulnerability being spread in an organisation