USB Pen Drives posing as a great cyber threat to IT Infrastructure

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USB Pen Drives also called as Removable pen drives are posing as a great cyber threat to IT Infrastructure says research carried out by IBM X-Force and another research carried out by Honeywell Cybersecurity claims that 52% of cyber attacks are targeted at the removable media.

In both cases, removable media or USB drives is seen acting as a common threat vector and the issue seems grave as it is posing as a big trouble to industrial control systems.

The 2022 Honeywell Industrial Cybersecurity USB Threat Report confirms that USB drives are posing as a great threat to operational systems as threat developers are using removable media to infect machines operating in critical environments.

Along with the USB’s, Trojans are also reportedly becoming a top concern as they have the potential to cause disruptions to industrial infrastructure on a serious note.

IBM X-Force also reported the same and revealed that personal laptops in the work environments were leading to more infection spread through USBs, as they are plugged into the user workstations and can spread the infection to computers networks within seconds or sometimes microseconds.

IBM report clearly specified that the usage of Pen drives should be prohibited in the work environments and concluded that most of the corporate networks have already followed this culture from the past 4-6 years.

As per the survey conducted by the cyber arm of International Business Machines, most of the drives have removed the Media port from their work and server stations to put down a permanent blockage to the threat vector….and that’s true in practical!

 

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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