All those policies can be a lot for employees to keep track of. Fortunately, organizations can narrow their threat plane by looking for portable storage that includes encryption — specifically, devices that feature hardware-based AES-256 encryption, an international advanced standard that uses a chip to encrypt data. Initially developed by NIST and used by the U.S. government to protect classified information, this feature has become a defining feature of enterprise PSSDs, such as Samsung’s T7 Shield. Encryption and decryption with AES-256-enabled devices is automatic thanks to the onboard chip, which means data is protected from brute force attacks, where a bad actor tries to guess the key using a software program. With so many possible combinations supplied by AES-256 encryption, it is extremely difficult to hack into an AES-256-protected device.
In the case of Samsung’s T7 Shield, end users also have the benefit of a rugged rubberized case that covers an aluminum frame. This IP65-rated frame means the PSSD is secured against drops, bumps, dust and water — dangers that many IT organizations fail to include in their security policies. The device, which comes in 1TB and 2TB configurations, uses USB 3.2 Gen 2 and PCIe NVMe for fast data transfer, and it has read/write speeds of up to 1,050/1,000 MB/s.
Of course, there’s more to a remote security policy than buying the right PSSD. Once a policy is written and circulated, organizations should ask their employees to confirm that they’ve read it. In addition, IT should update the policy regularly (once or twice a year at minimum) to include new security threats and technology in the mix. But having the right technology is a solid first step on the road to remote work security.
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