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removable drive

(1) See USB drive.

(2) A device that spins, reads and writes a removable storage medium such as a CD, DVD or floppy disk. In the past, hard disks were also available as removable media (see removable disk). The recording medium may be bare or encased in a cartridge, which is inserted into the drive's slot.

(3) A magnetic tape drive, all of which use removable cartridges or cassettes. See magnetic tape.
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Removable Media Control feature will be very useful for Indian users who are most vulnerable for worms and viruses spreading through Internet and removable media, mostly USB flash drives, as ESET latest cyber threat reports show", adds Pankaj Jain.
BeCrypt's Removable Media Module reportedly offers a cost effective way to protect content where there is little risk to the computer itself.
Pointsec advises companies to implement strict guidelines on the use of removable media devices in the workplace and invest in encryption software that will enable administrators to force the encryption of all data put onto a wireless device.
Removable media devices are now used in 84% of companies, with a third of employees utilising them in the office.
If companies are to prevent breaking new legislation such as Sarbanes Oxley, Basel 2, The Data Protection Act, as well as not falling victim to the havoc these tiny portable devices can cause, companies need to rapidly get to grips with the risks associated with removable media and protect themselves against these risks.
Pointsec Media Encryption secures the removable media and ensures that companies can uphold their IT security policies and storage devices can be used to boost productivity, according to Pointsec.
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Data on removable media does not need to be protected, as does magnetic disk, because drive failures are independent of the media and can be taken off line and replaced without having to copy or restore data.
In fact, a June 2003 Byte and Switch poll stated that "as for the longevity of tape, most respondents believe it will remain a part of the overall data protection universe, with 40% agreeing that there will always be a need for removable media and 36% saying it will persist for long-term archiving.

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