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    Question USB Jumpdrives

    Got a quick question about USB Jumpdrives. How are people here, that manage a large network, controlling the use of jumpdrives on their networks? Jumpdrives have gotten to the point where a gig of data, code, whatever can walk out the door. I have been asked to look into this issue (in an effort to control it) but I am not sure where to start or where to look.

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    you could disable the USB ports on the computers. I know that is the solution many companies have gone to.
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    Originally posted here by XTC46
    you could disable the USB ports on the computers. I know that is the solution many companies have gone to.
    That option is available, however, a lot of our "techies" use jumpdrives for troubleshooting so I don't want to limit them. I am trying to keep a "disgruntled" employee or consultant from walking out with data. Is there someway to "password protect" the ports?

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    Disable them in BIOS and Password protect it?
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    Are you using AD? Create a GPO that restricts use of these except for authorized users.

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    Originally posted here by Tiger Shark
    Disable them in BIOS and Password protect it?
    Like I said Tiger, they are needed for troubleshooting, and to kill them in the BIOS will hamper the 'techies' (and you know how the are). While it might work for a while I am going to hear nothing but **** and at any point they (techies) will enable them and leave them enabled.

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    Originally posted here by phishphreek80
    Are you using AD? Create a GPO that restricts use of these except for authorized users.

    http://forums.susserver.com/index.php?showtopic=2067
    No AD, Novell shop.

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    Just a side note, I hear this topic come up a lot. People are very fearful of these thumb drives, but all of their machines have CD-RWs on them and they don't bat an eye at allowing users full access to them. Not that CD-RW's don't have useful purposes in a business environment, but thumbdrives do too. I guess this just goes in the balancing of security over usability.

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    Well, in Defence we don't allow jump drives and any writeable media except for an elite few..........and a positive security vetting takes some time

    As for the self-styled techies..................I would just tell them to "p1$$ off and get a life, or understand your job and the technical alternatives"...............but there again I always was a smooth talking b*****d

    They only want them to look kewl................

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