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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2006 9:42 am    Post subject: Notify administrator when USB device is attached Reply with quote

Hi All,

I am having a few problems with users attaching external USB drives to computers on the company network. I would like to know if there is a way to email or alert an administrator as soon as a USB device is added to any computer within the domain.

I would greatly appreciate any tips or pointers in the right direction; I have been hitting my head on the wall for the past couple of days looking for a solution.

Thanks in advance.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2006 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know about doing that, just because I don't have the programming chops to pull it off. However, I have heard of a product called device lock that will make it so that a user cannot use a USB hard drive on their windows machine. It might be worth a google search.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2006 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perhaps this:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/823732

or this:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555324

Would be better suited to your needs then having your admins running around? Both allow you to setup an environment where USB keyboards, mice, scanners, printers, etc work fine... but storage devices do not.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2006 5:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi zzycatch,

Thanks for reply; this works great. Now I don't have to keep reminding everyone not to plug outside devices on the network.

Thanks again

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2006 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I believe that user security training and awareness is way too overused. The majority of user problems can be completely resolved by simply not giving users room to hang themselves. Honestly, if they shouldn't be doing something, why allow them to do it?

Same logic for your other post on IE downloads.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2006 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As far as I know Desktop Authority from Scriptlogic has a USB security option for restricting the use of usb storage and other usb devices.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 24, 2006 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

zzycatch wrote:
I believe that user security training and awareness is way too overused. The majority of user problems can be completely resolved by simply not giving users room to hang themselves. Honestly, if they shouldn't be doing something, why allow them to do it?

Same logic for your other post on IE downloads.



May be true in some respects but by denying the use of such tools in an environment that doesn't nessacarily require such high levels of security can work against IT by not letting users take full advantage of such great technologies.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2007 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm wandering if anyone out there is using a software solution for restricting access to authorised USB storage devices at all?

By this I mean I want users to be able to sue them, but only ones that are authorised. In my environment, this would require external people (of which we have many) to come and visit my IT dept and have a USB storage device scanned for Malware before being authorised.
In addition, if the device could have an "expiry" date on the authorisation, this would get around a potential problem of a pre-authorised storage device being brought back onto our system and start an infection.

A solution with a centrally manageable (ie in a netowrk environment) would be necessary.

Sorry for hijacking the thread, but I didnt beleive it waranted starting a new one.

Tech info in case its relevant - 2003 Ad environment running a mix of desktops and laptops all running Win xp SP2

Thanks in advance.
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