Following the news that Europol has suffered a breach, Jon Fielding, Managing Director EMEA at Apricorn commented below.

Jon Fielding, Managing Director EMEA at Apricorn:

“This example of highly sensitive data being leaked by an organisation, which by its very nature, has to be one of the most highly secured, only goes to highlight how easy it is to slip up if policies to guard against the use of personal, non-approved and unencrypted devices aren’t in place and enforced through technology.  Most enterprises will deploy solutions that whitelist the devices they will allow to be plugged into their IT estate via the USB port, to ensure only those approved can be used.  This would block the insertion of a personal device for example.

One of the most important aspects to consider when selecting approved devices is the level of encryption it provides.  Once a USB port is locked only to accept approved and encrypted devices, an organisation can be confident that any data crossing the USB port is encrypted and protected on a corporate approved device, all of which would have saved Europol the embarrassment and potential repercussions of the leak they have suffered.”