Symantec: USB Drives Threaten More Than Endpoints

Key drives pose malware propagation risk, and the damage isn't limited to desktop PCs.

By Alex Goldman | Posted Jul 7, 2009
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NEW YORK -- Experts from security firm Symantec warned that USB drives are a real security threat to enterprise networks. The comments came in the opening speech at Symantec Norton Cyber Crime day here.

In this case, an old threat is new again, according to Kevin Haley, Symantec Security Response group product manager. He pointed out that the first viruses were transmitted by floppy drives and Symantec fought them on Macintosh computers in 1982.

Now, removable USB drives can carry viruses.

He added that network drives can also be vulnerable.

"We're really seeing USB drives as a propagation method in enterprise threats," Haley said.

He added that when an infection is brought in to the enterprise on a USB drive and then stored on a network drive, it can be especially difficult to get rid of, and can cause headaches for IT even if no endpoints are infected.

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