IEEE 1667 portable security for your office

There is a massive lack of security when it comes to portable thumb drives, external hard drives, MP3 players and the variety in a sensitive environment. It's an alarming situation at many offices that data can quickly and effectively be stolen. That is all, hopefully, about to change.

The IEEE 1667 standard is set out to only allow authorized drives to be connected to a computer. Essentially a company could hand out USB drives to its employees that only work on the computer as authorized by the IT department. This differs from today because this is only offered by third party providers. The key to this implementation is that Microsoft is dedicated to having this feature built into Windows 7.

There are a few other standards out there that do similar things as IEEE 1667. One can only hope that IEEE 1667 gets adopted as the preferred standard. Microsoft is making a big push for IEEE 1667 and hopefully other manufactures will follow suit.

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While I agree that it's a good thing that a solid standard is being created to allow X, Y and Z to secure their systems I for-see one potential problem with it...

It could be possible for device manufacturers to lock their devices to memory that they manufacture, therefore creating monopolies on the devices they make?

Just my five cents.

This would be nice and save me alot of time and work, but on the other hand it means more work for us Techs unless MS do some group policy thingy for it

However it should of been called IEEE 1337

I bet this is really easily circumvented, as well. How long before we see USB-style adapters that you program with the verification info and then plug your USB-whatever into so it works on the machine in question?

I agree - This doesn't sound like a rock solid security technology and anyone who is gutsy enough to take it in the first place isn't going to stop because of this.