Well it\u2019s official: the threat posed by removable media, like USB drives, has now surpassed malware in the minds of most IT managers. When you combine that concern with the results of a recent survey which reported 45% of workers steal data when changing jobs, you can understand what keeps IT managers and corporate lawyers up at night. When the entire research base of a company can be stored on media smaller than a matchbook, businesses should be concerned. The problem is that few businesses are actively engaged in any real proactive measures to address the issue. In my own informal survey of medium to large businesses, only a small percentage even have a specific policy on the use of removable media. Fewer still have implemented any technological means to disable or limit use of USB ports. Given the risk involved and the relatively low cost of implementing policies, conducting employee education, and potentially deploying technological means to limit abuse of USB ports, more businesses should be actively working to minimize this threat. Failure to do so may well leave the business with significant exposure -- both to third parties (in the event personally identifiable information is compromised) and, potentially, to its own shareholders and investors (in the event company proprietary information is compromised). The risk simply too great and the solution too straightforward not to address this problem.In addition to addressing the issue of USB drives and other removable media within the company, businesses should also consider requiring specific contractual protections in its vendor relationships to ensure the vendor does not potentially compromise the business\u2019 confidential\/proprietary information through the use of removable media.