USB locks are the answer to at least three massive threats to the security of the vital data networks and information systems that make efficient operation, business success, private enterprise, and public service possible today.

HUNTSVILLE, AL, March 26, 2019 /24-7PressRelease/ — Consider the lowly USB port. Rapidly, we came to take it for granted. There is probably at least one USB port within easy reach, even as you read this. For many, the USB port now represents nothing more profound than the old-time AC power plug, with its two prongs, its baseboard outlets, and proliferating power strips. The USB port has become so commonplace that, every day, people thoughtlessly plug a mobile device into the USB port of their at-work computer, just to charge it, or maybe to sync contacts or even personal email.

In the absence of USB locks, a comprehensive report on 2018 cybersecurity threats said, “People-centered threats define the landscape.” The report itself is titled “The Human Factor,” because casual contamination is at least as large a threat as hacking or sabotage to the digital foundation of the information age. This is just the beginning of the many reasons why USB locks must become as universal as the ports themselves.

USB locks are the answer to at least three massive threats to the security of the vital data networks and information systems that make efficient operation, business success, private enterprise, and public service possible today. The stakes are so high that it is truly remarkable that USB locks are not yet seen everywhere.

At Least Three Kinds of Threats That USB Locks Can Mitigate

The first threat is the most widespread – casual contamination. Personal mobile devices can be counted on to collect every form of virus, malware, and antagonistic program on the Web. We’ve called them a veritable Petri dish of contaminating elements. Yet, in the absence of USB locks, workplace data networks are exposed to them every single day. Human nature appears to involve a degree of denial – “My phone couldn’t possibly be a carrier of that.” As a result, your vital systems at work are open to everything that floats on the Web and in the microwave spectrum today.

The second threat category involves malware that was, strangely, developed originally just to “show off.” Though at least 14 viruses were introduced to the Web before it, 1992’s Michelangelo virus, launched on the artist’s birthday, was the first to become famous. The Michelangelo virus was expected to wipe the information from millions of computers worldwide, precipitating a digital apocalypse. Fortunately, the aftermath proved to be minimal, and yet each year on March 6, it is programmed to deploy again. Fortunately, this annual “observance” arrives on adequately prepared counterprogramming nowadays.

The third threat comes from specific, pernicious assaults, deployed on “innocent” thumb drives to inflict damage and delay to the system they attack. The most famous and impactful cyber-attacks in history have been inflicted this way, and research projects demonstrate that even the most qualified, professional, well-indoctrinated associates hardly hesitate to plug an unknown USB flash drive into a port at work when USB locks are not in use.

Where to Find the Right USB Locks

The Connectivity Center’s mission is to guard the ports and connectors where the most damaging and historically impactful cyber-attacks were perpetrated, the physical points of entry that turn PCs into vital information systems. Its Smart Keeper collection of USB locks, as well as other computer and laptop security devices, permit the access that makes your system so vital to operations, while still providing you with the vital network security you require.

In addition to securing your USB ports and network connections with USB locks, our The Connectivity Center’s Link Lock connectors and the Link Lock Hub serve to lock your devices so that they cannot be removed without authorized access. You’ll find solutions by the hundreds from The Connectivity Center, including a variety of locking 4K high-speed cables. We offer two kinds of keys for unlocking them, the Enterprise and Professional series of the Smart Keeper USB Port Lock Key.

About The Connectivity Center

The Connectivity Center is a supplier of some of the leading physical cyber security and AV connection technologies. The company is especially known for its Smart Keeper series – a portfolio of physical data security products. The Connectivity Center brand prides itself in quality, value, variety, and versatility. We want to be a one stop shop for most of your connectivity needs and we love to serve our partners in this evolving industry.

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