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Monitor & Control USB Devices to Secure Data Against Insider Threats
Granular control over USB device use and more
Protect sensitive data with AccessPatrol’s USB control solutions. Block or limit the use of storage devices, wireless connectivity, communication ports, imaging devices, and other peripherals. Policies can be uniquely configured for each user, endpoint, and department.
- Easily block USBs, optical media, mobile devices, SD cards, and other removable media
- Disable wireless connections through Bluetooth, infrared, and WiFi
- Block employees from using scanners, printers, and cameras to steal sensitive data
Monitor USB activity for suspicious and high-risk behaviour
AccessPatrol’s USB control features include a USB activity monitor for increased visibility into high-risk data transfers.
- Receive real time email alerts when employees violate your endpoint security policies
- Audit file operations reports to see files that have been copied, created, deleted, or renamed on removable media devices
- Review USB activity logs to trace data breaches back to their source
Prevent the use of unauthorized portable storage hardware
AccessPatrol’s DLP solutions give you the USB device control features you need to protect sensitive data.
- Effortlessly block all peripheral devices that fall outside of your allowed devices lists
- Exempt USB devices used by tech support and other trusted users
- Temporarily grant time-limited access to blocked devices using the Access Code Generator
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AccessPatrol’s USB Control Features
The Essential Role of USB Device Control
Prevent Malware Infections From Rogue Removable Media Devices
Picture this: An employee finds a USB removable storage device in the parking lot. They debate keeping the USB device for themselves, but more than anything they are eager to find out what media is being stored on it.
Once they get to their workstation, they immediately plug the mysterious USB device into a USB port and start opening files. While they may not realize it yet, they’ve just fallen for a clever social engineering trick—a bad actor left malware on the USB flash drive before they planted it in your parking lot.
So, how could you prevent this malware exposure? For optimal protection you must establish port control policies that restrict the use of unauthorized devices on company endpoints.
With USB control solutions you can prevent your users from inserting a high-risk USB device into their USB ports. Rather than introducing malware to at-risk endpoints the mysterious USB flash drive can be brought to the IT department where it can be safely analyzed in an isolated sandbox.
Prevent Data Loss to Lost Flash Drives
Unauthorized USB devices aren’t the only danger. Even authorized USB devices can pose a data loss risk if they are misused, lost, or stolen.
The portability of removable storage devices makes it difficult to prevent users from losing them. A well-meaning employee could transfer sensitive media from your network to a USB drive with the intention of working remotely, only to find out that the device has gone missing.
To prevent data loss to authorized devices you need to combine the insights of USB device control software with administrative safeguards that prevent staff from taking removable devices off-site without encryption. If a signed out USB device goes missing you can review the recent activity of USB devices to determine the last time a given USB drive was used.
Collect Evidence of Data Transfers to Removable Storage
USB control solutions provide insightful and easily accessible device usage reports.
These reports track USB activities such as file operations to removable storage, what USB devices are being used in the network, the USB device access history of endpoints, and which user was responsible for inserting unauthorized devices into a USB port.
Having access to the usage history of USB devices is valuable for investigating unauthorized use of USB ports in your network and identifying the source of a data breach.
Prevent Data Theft to Malicious Insider Threats
Malicious insider threats are a significant risk to data security. Employees have intimate access to corporate data, insider knowledge of the organization’s systems, and a level of trust that can allow them to steal data undetected.
USB control is a critical component of a data loss prevention and insider threat management strategy. By disabling USB ports you can prevent unauthorized data transfers to USB removable media devices and other high-risk peripherals.
- 70% of intellectual property theft occurs within the 90 days before an employee’s resignation announcement
- 88% of IT workers have stated that they would take sensitive data with them if they were fired
- 72% of CEOs admit they’ve taken valuable intellectual property (IP) from a former employer
- 50% of respondents in a Symantec survey say they have taken information, and 40% say they will use it in their new jobs
Learn more: How to Keep Data Safe When Offboarding
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Device Control Best Practices
Establish Administrative Safeguards for Removable Drives
Data protection requires more than device control software; it needs the support of complimentary safeguards. Data protection requires more than device control software; it needs the support of complimentary safeguards.
Your device control administrative safeguards should include policies that define what authorized devices are allowed, the encryption and antivirus procedures for peripherals, what classifications of data are permitted on removable devices, and physical security requirements for flash drives.
Appoint an IT Staff Member to Manage Device Control Policies
When you create device control policies there will be occasions where staff members require adjustments to their USB device access.
To prevent your network USB control policies from affecting productivity you need a designated security professional that can securely enable USB ports to allow temporary device access.
With AccessPatrol’s Access Code Generator your IT admins can temporarily enable USB ports for a limited period of time.
Create Device Control Policies Based on Risk
How restrictive your USB device control policies are must be based on the risk level of a given user. A user’s risk level will vary based on their role and their level of access to sensitive data.
For example, a healthcare employee that works with electronic health records (EHR) will have their device access more restricted than a marketing employee that needs to easily share content briefs with external parties.
To make granular device control policies easier to manage you can integrate AccessPatrol with your existing Active Directory organizational units.
Use Encryption to Protect Data on Removable Devices
Encryption is an essential component of data protection for USB flash drives. Without encryption a lost USB device can readily have its contents stolen and distributed to unauthorized parties.
To encrypt removable storage, Bitlocker-to-Go is a viable option for Windows systems, VeraCrypt can be used for MacOS/Windows/Linux, and FileVault can be used with MacOS.
To ensure consistent encryption you can even purchase USB devices that include built-in hardware encryption.
Maintain an Inventory of Approved USB Devices
To prevent unauthorized use of personal removable storage devices you will need to block USB devices and selectively allow trusted devices. For greater protection you must manage who can acquire authorized devices with administrative controls.
With a USB device inventory you can require users to sign out authorized peripherals as-needed and have them return the device at the end of the day. Once returned you can use antivirus software to scan for malware, ensure that encryption is enabled on all removable storage, and wipe data from the peripherals.
Configure Real Time Alerts & Audit Removable Storage Activity
AccessPatrol’s email alerts feature provides real-time alerts of endpoint USB activities. For optimal protection, regulated industries should consider setting up device alerts or reviewing network USB activity reports at the end of each shift.
Device alerts can be configured to alert designated staff members in real-time when specific, unknown, allowed, or blocked peripherals are connected to a USB port.
File operations alerts will notify designated staff members in real-time when files are copied, created, deleted, or renamed on a USB storage device.
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AccessPatrol Device Control Software FAQ
Can I Set Unique Device Restrictions for Different Computers or Users?
Yes. With AccessPatrol’s USB control features you can block or allow USB devices and other peripherals for each computer, user, department, or other organizational unit (OU) in your company.
To do this, AccessPatrol’s management console allows you to create group folders with separate policies. This feature is perfect to control USB devices for most employees while still providing access for trusted administrators that need unrestricted access.
Are There Any Limits to the Free Trial?
The free trial of our USB device control software is fully functional. You can deploy it on up to 10 computers for 14 days. If you need more time or more computers to properly evaluate AccessPatrol in your network, reach out to our support team.
Who Uses This USB Control Software?
CurrentWare has a global client base across a variety of industries including government, healthcare, finance, nonprofit, and manufacturing.
CurrentWare’s customers use our computer monitoring, web filtering, and USB device control solutions to protect their business against time theft, data leakage, and web-based threats.
Read our data loss prevention and device control software customer case studies to learn more.
Can I Block Specific File Types from Being Transferred via USB Ports?
Yes. AccessPatrol can prevent your end-users from copying specific files to a USB device. These USB file transfer restrictions can be configured based on the file name or file extension.
The data transfer blocking feature can also be used on devices that are on the allowed list. This lets you provide access to company-authorized USB devices while still protecting the sensitive data in your network against exfiltration to portable storage hardware.
Does Currentware Have Access to Employee Data?
No. CurrentWare’s software solutions do not send your user’s device usage data to CurrentWare. They are installed and managed by your organization.
All of the data collected by CurrentWare’s monitoring software is stored on a database that is installed in a data center in your organization’s network or on a virtual machine provided by a cloud service provider of your choice.
For more information please refer to our Terms of Service.
Is This a Cloud Solution?
No, our USB control and endpoint security solutions are not cloud-native. At this time AccessPatrol will continue to be offered for on-premises deployments, however, you can install CurrentWare’s software on a cloud platform of your choice with our Self-Hosted Cloud Option.
CurrentWare will not have access to your employee’s data. All of the data collected by CurrentWare’s employee monitoring and endpoint security solutions are stored on a database that is fully controlled and managed by your organization. For more information please refer to our Terms of Service.
Can I Restrict USB Devices and Monitor USB Activities in Citrix, Remote Desktop, and/or Windows Terminal Server Environments?
Yes. CurrentWare is a certified Citrix Ready Partner. The CurrentWare Suite (AccessPatrol, BrowseControl, BrowseReporter, and enPowerManager) is supported on desktop computers, virtual machines (VMs), and servers running modern versions of the Windows operating system.
You can install the CurrentWare Clients on your Citrix Workspace running Windows. In addition, all CurrentWare components are compatible with Remote Desktop Services (RDS) or Terminal Servers (TS).
When controlling peripheral devices in Citrix with CurrentWare you can block devices on PC Mode to restrict the individual virtual machine or on User Mode to restrict devices for specific users across multiple devices and/or virtual machines.
Monitoring and managing your end-users with CurrentWare in a Terminal Services environment works similarly. The exception is that in a Terminal Server/Terminal Services environment the server will be registered as an individual endpoint; to apply granular policies for each user, department, or Organizational Unit you will need to use User Mode.
Which Devices Can I Control With AccessPatrol?
In addition to USB device control, AccessPatrol allows you to control the following peripheral devices on your users’ computers.
|Devices You Can Control||Device Access Permissions|
|USB||Full / Read only / No access|
|DVD /CD||Full / Read only / No access|
|Floppy||Full / Read only / No access|
|Tape||Full / Read only / No access|
|External Hard drive||Full / Read only / No access|
|Firewire||Full / Read only / No access|
|SD Card||Full / Read only / No access|
|MM Card||Full / Read only / No access|
|Bluetooth||Full / No access|
|Infrared||Full / No access|
|Wifi||Full / No access|
|Serial||Full / No access|
|Parallel||Full / No access|
|Scanners||Full / No access|
|Cameras, Webcams & Others||Full / No access|
|Printers||Full / No access|
|USB Ethernet Adapter||Full / No access|
|Sound Cards||Full / No access|
|Portable Devices (iPhones, Mobile Devices)||Full / No access|
|Network Share||Full / No access|
Learn More: USB control with AccessPatrol
Can I Use AccessPatrol for My Remote Team?
Yes. CurrentWare’s endpoint protection software solutions support a variety of deployment options that allow you to control USB devices no matter where your employees work.
To learn more about increasing the security of remote workers with our endpoint security solutions, visit this article: How to Set Up Device Control Software for Remote Teams
Will My Employees Know Their Devices Are Being Monitored?
As with any CurrentWare Suite product, your organization is in control of how visible the endpoint security solutions are.
AccessPatrol does not disclose when its USB activity monitoring feature is active. When your employees attempt to use an unauthorized USB device they can be presented with an optional warning message.
The CurrentWare software client that is used by our USB device control software operates in stealth mode by default.
In stealth mode, the CurrentWare software client is not visible in the system tray or control panel of the employee’s computer. Your employee will not be able to uninstall the program or stop it without administrator privileges.
If you would like your employees to be aware that they are being monitored, you can choose to show the CurrentWare software client in their system tray by enabling it in the client software settings.
If you would like to disable monitoring altogether, visit this article: How Do I Disable AccessPatrol’s Device Tracking?
How Can I Get Started With USB Protection in my Network?
- Download & Install AccessPatrol
Download the files for your free device control software trial. On the administrator’s computer, run CurrentWare.exe to begin the installation of the endpoint security solutions.
- Deploy the Software Clients
Deploy the CurrentWare software client (cwClientSetup.exe) on all the computers you want to control with our endpoint security solutions. You can deploy the software client with a local install or by using Active Directory, SCCM, or our built-in remote deployment tool.
- Monitor Your Employees & Restrict USB Devices
After the installation, you will see all of your employee’s computers on the CurrentWare Console. From this console, you can run detailed reports on all of your employees’ USB device activities and use AccessPatrol’s USB device control features to protect data against insider security threats.
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