US Defense Department to partially lift flash drive ban

The U.S. Department of Defense ban on USB thumb drives will be partially lifted to allow authorized people to use official flash drives for mission-critical functions.

The U.S. Department of Defense ban on USB thumb drives instated nearly a year ago will be partially lifted to allow authorized people to use official flash drives for mission-critical functions, according to a top military official.

"In the future, we expect that a government-owned and procured USB flash media, that is uniquely and electronically identifiable for use in support of mission-essential functions on DoD networks, will be permitted for use by authorized individuals," Robert Carey, chief information officer for the Department of the Navy, wrote in his blog recently.

Thumb drives, CDs, and other removable storage devices were banned last November after military computers became infected with a worm that was partially spread by thumb drives.

For more, read "US Defense Department to partially lift flash drive ban" from CNET News.

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