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The Roles of PGP Endpoint in Data Protection

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Executive Summary

Portable data devices are convenient - but fraught with risk. Removable storage devices - such as USB flash drives and CD/DVD drives - and peripheral devices that are attached by FireWire, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, PCMCIA (PC Card), or USB connections are easily lost or stolen. They also can expose corporate resources to unwanted applications. In some industries, unchecked use of these removable data devices (endpoints) compromises the ability to comply with corporate security policies and government regulations. And a business that depends on its users to protect data on their removable endpoints is inherently insecure, because humans sometimes forget or ignore security policies.

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