iPod security threat

I have blogged previously about how simple USB storage devices pose a serious threat to corporate IT security. This article from Computerworld shows how the issue is escalating with the advent of the iPod as THE must-have accessory. Not only is an iPod a neat way to store you music, it is potentially also a great way to remove other data without permission and to introduce malware (knowingly or otherwise).

Unsurprisingly, Apple were not prepared to comment on whether they would be stepping up iPod security in light of this. It naturally falls to companies to make sure that they have policies and procedures in place to address this gaping vulnerability. However…

Eric Ouellet, vice president of research for security at Gartner Inc. in Stamford, Conn., said that only about 10% of enterprises have any policies dealing with removable storage devices.

Oh dear.