Gartner Research

A Buyer's Guide to Secure USB Flash Drives

Published: 14 February 2011

ID: G00210377

Analyst(s): Rob McMillan


Secure Universal Serial Bus flash drives provide a combination of portability and security. However, if organizations do not choose the right feature set and manage the devices adequately, they will fail to provide the benefits sought, which may lead to new problems.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Scope
  • Use Cases
    • DLP Strategy
    • Compliance
    • Secure Mobile Environment
  • Essential Capabilities
    • Hardware-Based Encryption
    • Architecture Certification
    • Recovery Key
    • Authentication
    • Provisioning and Management Console
  • Desirable Capabilities
    • Auditing
    • Malware Protection
    • Multiplatform Support
  • Optional Capabilities
    • Remote Device Revocation/Deprovisioning
  • Limitations
  • Value-Added Applications
    • Portable Computing
    • Digital Identity
  • Pricing and Support

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