Ban USB devices or glue USB ports shut

From AAP’s “Computers ‘glued’ to protect data” ( 4 July 2006):

A rise in the level of corporate data theft has spurred some companies to take measures to stop rogue employees sneaking corporate data out of the workplace on memory sticks, iPods and mobile phones, The Australian Financial Review reported.

Rising data theft has prompted a number of companies to ban portable storage devices – such as the ubiquitous memory stick – that can be plugged into computers to download files from one machine and transfer to another. …

“We have heard of at least one case where a company took steps to disable USB ports on their PCs with superglue,” SurfControl Australia’s managing director, Charles Heunemann, said.