"I spent a long time trying to find a way to lock those USB ports down and really didn't find anything until SecureWave," says Gower, who spent what she considers to be a reasonable amount to install the company's Sanctuary product two years ago. SecureWave says pricing ranges from $10 to $45 a seat.
The software lets IT give and take away permissions for copying to any external device such as CDs, diskettes or USB storage devices. It can also designate the specific time or document for which permission is granted. "I can even make an image of anything that [an employee] did copy, so if I need it later for reference, I know exactly what they took home," Gower says.
But it turns out that with a VPN, Web-based email and customer relationship management software accessible over the Web, Martin Fletcher employees hadn't been taking home files anyway, Gower says. Thus, installing SecureWave was a preventative measure. Says Gower: "I have always been extremely proactive with our security."
Anne McCrory is editorial director of CIO Decisions and the CIO Decisions conference. Write to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This was first published in October 2006