Encrypt a USB Memory
It is becoming more important to secure information stored on computers and memory sticks. Memory sticks make you vulnerable since they are easy to lose and easy to hide when someone is trying to steal documents. There are several ways to get around this problem. You could use an encryption software to encrypt the document you would like to protect and store it encrypted on the USB stick. Or you could encrypt the entire USB stick. It is always much more secure to encrypt the entire memory rather than encrypting a separate document. By encrypting the entire USB stick, users need to authenticate themselves prior to getting access to the USB drive. Normally a user is given three attempts before the drive is locked down and the help desk is contacted for verification.
You also need to think about who should have the right to read your documents and how to authorize those who should have reading rights.
How to do it
1. The easiest way to create a workable solution is to start by deploying hard drive encryption on your computer. Once that is done, you will be able to control if documents should be allowed to be copied to removable media such as a memory stick or a backup. You will also be able to control if the documents should be copied in clear text or encrypted. Start by installing full disk encryption on your computer. This will also ensure that the data stored on your computer is always secure and private in case your computer is lost or stolen.
2. Getting an encrypted hard drive is quite easy. Just sign up for AlertSec’s seven-day free trial. During the software install you can work on your computer as normal.
3. Once you are signed up for the laptop encryption, you will have instant access to AlertSec’s 24/7 help desk in case you need any assistance or have any questions.
4. Now you are ready to encrypt your USB sticks. Just enter a stick; you will be prompted to encrypt the data you are about to store on the USB stick.
How to control
Insert the encrypted USB memory in a different computer, one that is not protected with whole disk encryption, and you will see that the data is unreadable.
All encryption software used by AlertSec is based on the 256-bit AES encryption algorithm and has the highest security certifications: FIPS-140-2, Common Criteria EAL4 and BITS. AlertSec is approved for SOX, HIPAA and PCI compliance.