Shouldn’t these USB drives be disconnected in the first place to avoid this issue?
YONGSAN, South Korea (Feb. 8, 2013) — Smart phone owners with access to government computers in South Korea have rapidly become the number one group of cyber security violators in the country.
Over a recent seven-day period, the Korea Theater Network Operations Center detected 129 cyber violations caused by smart phones alone. Most of the perpetrators did not realize they had done anything wrong.
“The main problem is that people are using their government computers to charge their phones with USB cables,” said Lt. Col Mary M. Rezendes, 1st Signal Brigade operations officer-in-charge.
Violators don’t realize that computers recognize their phones as USB devices and that their software puts the network at risk. [Army.mil]
For anyone using the excuse they did not know a USB device puts the network, they are either lying or incompetent considering the mandatory information security training everyone takes. Plus most units have signs and stickers on or the computers saying USB devices are not allowed. Taking away government computer privileges or not allowing cellphones in office spaces would be a quick way to end this.