Control How USB Sticks Are Used To Improve Security

We all know how tempting it is to use USB drives or memory cards to transfer files between organisations and people. However, it only takes a single cavalier user to inadvertently plug in an infected stick (such as a USB drive containing malware) to devastate the whole organisation.

When drives and cards are openly shared, it becomes hard to track what they contain, where they’ve been, and who has used them.

You can reduce the likelihood of infection by:

  • blocking access to physical ports for most users
  • using antivirus tools
  • only allowing approved drives and cards to be used within your organisation – and nowhere else

Make these directives part of your company policy to prevent your organisation being exposed to unnecessary risks. You can also ask staff to transfer files using alternative means (such as by email or cloud storage), rather than via USB.

 

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