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Seeking Direction on Security for Removable Media

By itsecuritygal ·
I am a new IT Security person and my first project is to try to determine a way to secure USB Drives/Memory Cards and other removable data. When I say secure - there are 2 parts: 1) how to protect our data so it isn't put on unauthorized devices and 2) if it is copied, protect it if the device is lost or stolen.

I have been reading through some of your disccussion threads and found several tools that I want to research. I was wondering if I could get some more suggestions as to what your companies are doing on this matter?

Thanks for any advice/suggestions/direction you can provide.

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by BFilmFan In reply to Seeking Direction on Secu ...

What OS is the network running?

If it is Active Directory, you could set a GPO and filter it by security group membership to only allow certain individuals permissions to access the USB port. Suggestions on accomplishing this are available at http://petri.co.il/forums/showthread.php?t=3299.

In the event someone does need to copy off information onto a USB, I recommend that you use some kind of encrypting software. Windows 2000 and above come with EFS, but there are other vendors available. Microsoft has an article on EFS at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/deploy/cryptfs.mspx.

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