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USB Control Software to Prevent Employee Data Theft

  • Stop Data Theft to Removable Storage Devices
    Block unauthorized USB storage devices to limit illicit file transfers
  • USB Activity Dashboards & Reports
    Get advanced insights into peripheral device usage and file operations
  • Centralized DLP Console
    Configure USB control policies for your entire workforce from a web browser

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Device Control Software to Monitor & Block Removable Storage Devices

AccessPatrol Overview

AccessPatrol USB Activity Dashboards

Intuitive & Flexible USB
Blocking Software

Protect sensitive data with AccessPatrol’s USB device control solutions.

Block or limit the use of a USB port based on storage devices, wireless connectivity, communication ports, imaging devices, and other peripherals.

Device control 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 devices, infrared, and WiFi
  • Block employees from using scanners, printers, and cameras to steal sensitive data
Device Blocking window Screenshot of CurrentWare's USB device control software AccessPatrol

Monitor USB Activity for Suspicious and High-risk Behaviour

AccessPatrol’s USB device 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 Untrusted Removable Devices

AccessPatrol’s device control solutions give you the 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
Screenshot of AccessPatrol's USB device allow list
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Centralized Management for Scalable Device Control

AccessPatrol lets you implement USB device control policies from the convenience of a central web console.

Easily monitor removable devices and control USB devices for your entire workforce in just a few clicks.

  • Granular Control: Control USB devices based on groups of users or computers
  • AD Sync: Use Active Directory sync to import your existing organizational units
  • Remote Devices: USB device control policies continue to apply even when endpoints disconnect from the network
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Case Study

Viking Yachts Protects Sensitive Information From a Departing Employee

“CurrentWare saved us a lot of time and money. If we didn’t have AccessPatrol we would have never known what was going on. I cannot thank all of you enough for this software.”

A departing employee was caught stealing classified files! If we didn’t have AccessPatrol we would never have known.

The Essential Role of a USB Device Control Solution

Prevent USB Malware

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 USB device control policies that restrict the use of unauthorized devices on company endpoints.

With USB device control solutions you can prevent your users from inserting a high-risk USB device into a USB port. 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

A USB device control solution provides insightful and easily accessible device usage reports.

These USB device control 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 data loss to removable storage devices and unauthorized use of USB ports in your network.

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 device control is a critical component of a data protection and insider threat management strategy. With AccessPatrol’s USB device control features you can prevent data loss to USB removable media devices and other high-risk peripherals.

  • 70% of intellectual property data 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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AccessPatrol is a magical weapon with cutting-edge capabilities that protects your computer from untrusted USB devices. If an unauthorized device is attached it will warn the company immediately.

Md Jahan M, Digital Marketing & Full Stack Specialist
Internet Industry, 10,001+ employees

[AccessPatrol] has been a great benefit to secure USB devices and access to company computers. We now have the ability to secure machines that otherwise would have been exposed to threats.

Jordan F., Senior IT Specialist
Machinery Industry, 1001-5000 employees

Data leaks have been thwarted by AccessPatrol. When an unauthorized device is detected, an email alert is sent immediately. It enables real-time audit reports on accessed and blocked devices.

Karen M., Senior Director of Marketing
Construction Industry, 10,001+ employees

We have experienced data leaks by dishonest employees in the past and AccessPatrol has helped us avoid them and work with greater security and peace of mind for us and our customers.

Julio V., Head of Information Technology
Financial Services Industry, 10,001+ employees

Free removable media policy template from CurrentWare

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Removable Media Policy

Download this data security policy template to prevent data leakage to USB flash drives and other removable storage devices.

  • Set data security standards for portable storage
  • Define the acceptable use of removable media
  • Inform your users about their security responsibilities

Device Control Best Practices

Establish Administrative Device Control Safeguards for Removable Drives

Data protection requires more than device control software; it needs the support of complimentary safeguards. 

For optimal data security your device control strategy must include administrative safeguards such as 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 provide temporary access to USB ports for a limited 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 precise and granular 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 or software 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 the best device control 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

Screenshot of AccessPatrol's USB activity email alerts setup window. Alerts are set for .exe, .zip, .cad, and .xlsx file transfers

AccessPatrol’s email alerts feature provides real-time data security alerts of endpoint USB activities. For optimal data security,  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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Flexible Deployment Options

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Deploy the Software

Install the Console & Server on a computer, server, or a cloud platform of your choice. Then deploy the Clients to your users’ computers.

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Manage your Users

Organize your PCs/Users into custom policy groups. Get advanced awareness & control over how technology is used in your organization.

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AccessPatrol’s USB Control Features

Block USB

Block USB

One click to block USB portable storage devices 

Block External Devices

Peripheral Control

Easily block DVDs, iPods, external hard drives and more

Device Permissions

Device Permissions

Set full access, read only or no access on storage devices

Allowed List

Allowed List

Allow specific trusted peripheral devices to be used

Reports

USB Activity Reports

Report on devices accessed or blocked on your network

Track File Transfers

Log USB File Transfer

Monitor files that are copied to USB storage devices

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Access Code Generator

Provide temporary access to peripheral devices

Email Alert

Email Alerts

Get alerts of unauthorized file transfers and device use

Email Report

Email Reports

Schedule device reports directly to your administrator's inbox

Block Phones

Block Phones

Prevent users from connecting phones to company computers

Block Files

Block File Transfers

Prevent files from being transferred to portable storage

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Stealth Mode

AccessPatrol can run silently in the background or alert users

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Centralized Console

Manage all your users from the
centralized console with Active
Directory import or syncing

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Platform Security

Protect your CurrentWare console
with 2FA, passwords, privilege
management, and more

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Offsite Management

Extend onsite Internet usage
policies to laptops running outside
the corporate network

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Database scaled for enterprise and
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BrowseReporter is a versatile employee monitoring software to track productivity and efficiency.

  • Make informed decisions
  • Enforce company policies
  • Improve productivity

Block Dangerous & Unwanted Sites

BrowseControl is an easy-to-use website blocking software for restricting internet access.

  • Block URLs & categories
  • Block unwanted apps
  • Website allow & block lists

Stop Data Theft to USB Devices

AccessPatrol is USB control software to protect sensitive data against theft to portable storage devices.

  • Block USB devices
  • USB file activity alerts
  • Block file transfers

Remotely Control PC Power States

enPowerManager is a remote PC power manager for centrally managing power settings across all endpoints.

  • Track logon and logoff times
  • Log PC power event history
  • Remotely shutdown PCs

Screenshot of enPowerManager's PC power schedule with weekly boot, restart, and shutdown events scheduled

AccessPatrol Device Control & Data Loss Prevention Software FAQ

Can I Set Unique Device Control Policies for Different Computers or Users?

Yes. With AccessPatrol’s USB control features you can block or allow USB flash drives 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 for balancing USB data security with productivity; you can control USB devices for most employees while still providing access for trusted administrators that need unrestricted access.

You can also use the access code generator to temporarily grant access to all peripherals or use the device scheduler to automatically allow/block USB devices at specific times.

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 control software 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, giving you full control over data protection.

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?

The CurrentWare Suite can be deployed on-premises or on a cloud platform of your choice. Both deployment option are compatible with remote workers with a few configuration changes.

Our USB control and endpoint security solutions are not cloud-native. 

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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.

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Which Devices Can I Control With AccessPatrol?

In addition to USB device control, AccessPatrol USB control software 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 Devices Full / Audio Only/ 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 prevent data leakage to 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 That Portable Storage 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?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

How is the CurrentWare Suite Secured?

CurrentWare is committed to the security of its platform, its users and their data. 

  • All of the data collected by CurrentWare’s solutions is stored in your organization’s data center or cloud service provider; the data is not sent to CurrentWare.

  • The web console cannot be accessed without a username and password. For an added layer of authentication security you can enable two-factor authentication.

  • You can selectively enable/disable what data is tracked and delete old records automatically.

 

For a complete overview of the security measures that CurrentWare has in place tp prevent data leakage from the platform, check out the CurrentWare platform security overview page.

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