How to Block USB Devices – USB Access Control (Video)

AccessPatrol - How to block USB devices

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AccessPatrol is a device control software solution that protects sensitive data against theft to portable storage devices.

AccessPatrol keeps data secure by…

  • Preventing users from stealing data or transferring malicious files with easily concealed USB flash drives
  • Maintaining auditable records of file transfers to portable storage devices, and…
  • Triggering real-time alerts when security policies are violated

AccessPatrol’s central console allows you to apply security policies and run reports on your user’s USB activities from the convenience of a web browser. 

The security policies are enforced by a software agent that is installed on your user’s computers. This keeps devices restricted and monitored even when the computers are taken off of the network.

Here’s an overview of AccessPatrol’s key features.

Under Device Permissions you can assign unique device control policies for specific groups of computers or users. 

AccessPatrol controls a variety of peripherals, including…

  • Storage devices such as USB flash drives and external hard drives
  • Wireless Devices such as Bluetooth, Infrared, and WiFi
  • Communication Ports such as Serial and Parallel ports
  • Imaging Devices such as Scanners or Cameras, and…
  • Other Devices such as network share drives, printers, and mobile phones

Under the allowed list you can specify trusted devices that can be used on your computers.

If you need to temporarily lift device restrictions for devices that aren’t on the allowed list, you can use the access code generator.

This allows you to set a time-limited policy exemption for a specific computer. The access code generator does not require internet access to work, making it the ideal solution for travelling users and other special circumstances.

To further protect sensitive data, AccessPatrol allows you to block file transfers based on file names and extensions. This ensures that even allowed devices can’t transfer sensitive data.

AccessPatrol also includes a variety of USB activity reports to help organizations audit data transfers and peripheral device use.

These reports provide insight into…

  • All files that have been copied, created, renamed, or deleted on USB storage devices, and…
  • A timestamped device history for each user, including attempts to use blocked devices

AccessPatrol’s reports can be generated on-demand, on a set schedule, or automatically sent to your inbox to alert you of specific events.

Don’t let a preventable data leak ruin your organization. Take back control over portable storage devices with a free trial of AccessPatrol.

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This tutorial will show you how to block USB devices such as external hard drives, flash drives, and other removable media using AccessPatrol, an endpoint security software developed by CurrentWare Inc.

Note: This video features an outdate user interface of AccessPatrol. Click here to see the latest version.

Hi there welcome to the CurrentWare video where today we will show you how to block employees from using USB devices at work. CurrentWare has been a leading provider of Internet restriction, employee productivity, and endpoint management software for over 15 years.

We’re excited to show you the administrative console today. In order to block employees from using USB devices at work you’d first be required to install the CurrentWare agent on each of your employee’s computers.

You can either do this by local or remote client install. Once the installation is complete the different computers and users will show up on the left side of the screen. The departments and groupings will be based on the directories that you assign for the CurrentWare console.

In this example, we have the administrator, development, marketing, and three other folders available. Once this is configured you have the ability to determine which devices are blocked or allowed using our AccessPatrol solution.

When we click into the device blocking section you can see the different devices that are available: Storage, wireless, and different ports. You have the simple ability to click into USB and choose between full access, read-only, or no access. No access would mean that no employee in that directory has access to use their USB

As you can see on the left side there are a lot more configuration options available. With the prevalence of cell phones, external hard drives, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi, many IT departments have chosen to block these endpoints from being available for employees today.

In addition on Accesspatrol, you have the ability for device reporting. You can see the different files that are transferred between devices or if there are any block devices you have the ability to actually see which ones were plugged in.

In this example, we can see Brandon’s access of blocked devices. We’re able to see that although USB devices were blocked for Brandon he actually tried to plug in USB devices many times. AccessPatrol has many different ways to configure reports but also set up different device access for users, groupings, and departments.

We hope you found this demo useful and we’d be glad to show you more about AccessPatrol and the benefits that CurrentWare can provide by visiting CurrentWare.com. A 14-day free trial the software is also available. Thank you for watching!

Note: The above video showcases a legacy user interface for AccessPatrol. To see the most up-to-date features and interface please visit the AccessPatrol product page

Video Transcript

Hi there welcome to the CurrentWare video where today we will show you how to block employees from using USB devices at work. CurrentWare has been a leading provider of Internet restriction, employee productivity, and endpoint management software for over 15 years. 

Software agent installation

We’re excited to show you the administrative console today. In order to block employees from using USB devices at work you’d first be required to install the CurrentWare agent on each of your employee’s computers.

You can either do this by local or remote client install. Once the installation is complete the different computers and users will show up on the left side of the screen. The departments and groupings will be based on the directories that you assign for the CurrentWare console. 

In this example, we have the administrator, development, marketing, and three other folders available. Once this is configured you have the ability to determine which devices are blocked or allowed using our AccessPatrol solution. 

Configure USB device permissions

AccessPatrol - List of devices permissions that can be controlled.

When we click into the device blocking section you can see the different devices that are available: Storage, wireless, and different ports. You have the simple ability to click into USB and choose between full access, read-only, or no access. No access would mean that no employee in that directory has access to use their USB

As you can see on the left side there are a lot more configuration options available. With the prevalence of cell phones, external hard drives, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi, many IT departments have chosen to block these endpoints from being available for employees today.

USB forensics: Device usage reports

AccessPatrol Allowed vs Denied report with 13 different devices listed.

In addition, on AccessPatrol you have the ability for device reporting. You can see the different files that are transferred between devices or if there are any block devices you have the ability to actually see which ones were plugged in. 

In this example, we can see Brandon’s access of blocked devices. We’re able to see that although USB devices were blocked for Brandon he actually tried to plug in USB devices many times. AccessPatrol has many different ways to configure reports but also set up different device access for users, groupings, and departments. 

Conclusion

We hope you found this demo useful and we’d be glad to show you more about AccessPatrol and the benefits that CurrentWare can provide by visiting CurrentWare.com. A 14-day free trial the software is also available. Thank you for watching!

Dale Strickland
Dale Strickland
Dale Strickland is the Digital Marketing Manager for CurrentWare, a global provider of user activity monitoring, web filtering, and device control software. Dale’s diverse multimedia background allows him the opportunity to produce a variety of content for CurrentWare including blogs, infographics, videos, eBooks, and social media shareables.
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