Symantec: USB Drives Threaten More Than Endpoints

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

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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