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USB Device Security Management

The usage of portable storage devices is a growing reality and it poses two main concerns for an organization: data theft and malware injection. It is extremely easy for a disgruntled employee to inject malware or steal business-critical information using a USB device. To prevent such things from happening, IT teams need to enforce strong device restrictions with an apt USB security management in place. 

How can you manage and restrict the use of USB devices within your network?

Desktop Central's secure USB feature helps administrators limit the scope of USB device usage, selectively based on the various roles and departments. This feature enables administrators to centrally control the usage of various USB devices in the network by blocking or disabling them. It prevents unauthorized download and upload activities as well as the possibility to inject harmful malware into the network. The restriction can be set not just on the computer and user level but also on the manufacturer type, providing more accessibility.

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Supported USB devices

Desktop Central currently supports enabling or disabling the following USB devices for users and computers:

  • Mouse
  • Disk drive
  • CD-ROM
  • Portable storage devices
  • Floppy disk
  • Bluetooth
  • Image
  • Printer
  • Modem

USB Device Audit

IT teams face the cumbersome task of analyzing the usage of pen drives, CDs, or any other portable storage devices that might jeopardize your company’s data or security. It is always better to record these activites for future auditing. Desktop Central helps track the usage of said USB devices and provides you all the necessary information such as:

  • Device name
  • User name
  • Device type
  • Time duration
  • Manufacturer and more.

You can choose either a summary or a detailed view of the data. The reports can be exported as a CSV or PDF for further analysis.

USB Alert

Once a USB device has been restricted, USB alert settings can be configured to notify users whenever they plug in a restricted device. This way, IT teams can ensure that the end user complies with the USB restriction policy set up by the organization.

What is USB device management and control?

USB device management & control is the process of monitoring and restricting the usage of USB devices within a network, to protect from insider threats. USB device management is imperative to endpoint and data security and a proper USB security software keeps threats at bay.