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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

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

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