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Use of removable storage devices continues to plague companies across the globe. The problem is users sometimes need them to get their jobs done, but they also are very susceptible to vulnerabilities.

So, in a move to minimize senseless loss of data, IBM is launching a global company-wide ban on the use of removable portable storage devices such as USB sticks, SD cards, and flash drives.

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The new policy should kick off by the end of May.

This is not anything new for IBM as some departments have been banned from using these devices for a while.

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IBM’s CISO Shamla Naidoo told IBM employees about the new requirement via an advisory, and said the decision to implement it worldwide was made because “the possible financial and reputational damage from misplaced, lost or misused removable portable storage devices must be minimized.”

Instead of portable storage drives, IBM employees are expected to use IBM’s cloud services for file syncing and data sharing.

As it is with any types of change, workers question the move and also say syncing with the cloud is not as easy as using a mobile storage device.

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