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Sharp Ideas’ Slurp Audit Exposes Threat Of Portable Storage Devices For Corporate Data Theft Print E-mail
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Source: SharpIdeas - Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
Security The application was designed to raise awareness within the corporate community about the risks associated with unmanaged portable storage devices in the workplace. “Many of today’s businesses haven’t grasped the severity of risks associated with unmanaged portable storage devices on a corporate network,? said Abe Usher, Founder of Sharp Ideas, LLC. “Slurp Audit was created to show how easy it is to steal large amounts of data from corporate PCs using mobile devices like iPods, and it reinforces the fact that organizations desiring comprehensive security must have strategies in place that address the endpoint.?

Slurp.exe was originally created in June 2005 as a proof-of-concept application for automatically downloading data from a networked PC to an iPod. Upon its release, the issue quickly became known as ‘PodSlurping,’ which raised corporate awareness around data theft (and has since moved beyond iPods to encompass all portable storage devices). By simply connecting a device running Slurp to a PC via USB, firewire or Bluetooth, the ‘PodSlurping’ application enables a device to quickly copy (in less than two minutes) all business documents (.doc, .xls, .ppt, .htm, .xml, .txt, etc.). The latest version of Slurp ? Slurp Audit ? does not allow users to actually download files, but instead generates an HTML report showing users what files would be stolen via a USB device had the download occurred.

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