International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Informative Article | Information Security | India | Volume 7 Issue 11, November 2018

Strategic Construction and Implementation of Removable Media Policies for Mitigating Data Loss and Insider Threat Risks

Shanmugavelan Ramakrishnan [6]

Abstract: This paper addresses the critical challenge of mitigating data loss and insider threat risks through the strategic construction and implementation of removable media policies within organizations. In the digital age, the use of removable media as a convenient data storage and transfer solution presents a significant security vulnerability, offering an easy vector for the unauthorized extraction and loss of sensitive information. Drawing on comprehensive risk assessments and best practice frameworks, the study outlines a systematic approach to developing removable media policies that align with an organization?s specific security needs and compliance requirements. The core of this research emphasizes the importance of a holistic strategy that incorporates technical controls, user education, and continuous monitoring to effectively manage and mitigate the risks associated with removable media. Technical controls include the use of encryption, access controls, and blocking unauthorized devices, while educational initiatives aim to raise awareness about the risks and proper handling of removable media. Continuous monitoring and auditing processes are recommended to detect and respond to policy violations and potential security incidents promptly. Furthermore, the paper explores the integration of removable media policies within a broader information security management system (ISMS), ensuring that these policies are not isolated but part of a comprehensive approach to organizational security. By implementing these strategic policies, organizations can significantly reduce their vulnerability to data loss and insider threats, thereby enhancing their overall security posture. The findings and recommendations presented in this paper are intended to guide security professionals and organizational leaders in developing effective removable media strategies that protect against data breaches and insider threats, ensuring the integrity and confidentiality of organizational data in an increasingly complex threat landscape.

Keywords: Removable Media Policies, Data Loss Mitigation, Insider Threat and Mitigation, Security Vulnerability, Risk Assessment, Removable Media Best Practice Frameworks, Technical Controls, User Education, Continuous Monitoring, Encryption, Access Controls, Information Security Management System (ISMS), Organizational Security, Policy Integration, Security Posture Enhancement, Data Breach Prevention, Compliance Requirements, Security Incident Response, Unauthorized Device Blocking, Removable Media Security Strategy Development

Edition: Volume 7 Issue 11, November 2018,

Pages: 1978 - 1982

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