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Find a USB Drive? Beware of Risks to Your Network Security

Posted on October 23, 2019

We all like to find treasures. Maybe you’ll stop to pick up a dollar bill, a quarter, or even a penny (heads up, of course). If you’re like me, maybe you’ve even picked up a scratch-off lottery ticket laying on a neighborhood street. Most likely it’s a dud because someone disposed of it, but you check…just in case.

One ‘treasure’ you may come across in an office parking lot, bathroom, or business district sidewalk is a USB drive. However, what you may think is a freebie could actually cost your company thousands of dollars.

Hackers (the bad guys) attack in a variety of different ways, and this is just one way they try to infiltrate a company’s network. If you find a USB drive and insert it into your computer or laptop, you could infect the device – and by extension the network – with malware, such as a virus, botnet, spyware, or ransomware. You don’t need to download anything or open the drive to view the files; simply inserting the USB can dump malicious code onto the device.

It’s a simple lesson in network security, but an important one. Employees are the gatekeepers and play an important role in protecting a company’s network. That’s why employee Security Awareness Training or Internet Security Awareness Training (iSAT) is so important.


Follow our blog for more news on IT security, including advice, quick tips on network security, updates on socially engineered attacks, and more. You can also read our latest white paper, “Is Your Company Protected? A Multi-Layered Approach to Thoughtful, Secure IT.”

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