Disable USB Storage Devices on Windows®

Disable USB Storage Devices on Windows

Many an endpoint has been compromised because the end user stuck a random USB (universal serial bus) thumb drive in their machine. In fact, a study by the University of Illinois even found that 50% of people who find a lost USB drive will insert it into their computer, and 70% of those people don’t even take any security precautions. This is terrifying considering the type of malware that can be loaded onto a USB storage device. Thankfully, it has never been easier to disable USB storage devices on Windows® systems.

Before we get to that though, let’s spend a little more time on why IT organizations should disable USB storage devices across their Windows fleet.

The Dangers of USB Storage Devices

Why you would want to Disable USB Storage Devices on Windows

There are a couple of ways that USB storage drives can seriously compromise a company. First, there are many Trojans and worms that will auto-run once the USB drive is in the computer (Make Use Of). If a system doesn’t have the right security policies enabled, many of them will end up being successful. Not only can malware harm the endpoint, but the right malware can exfiltrate files or any other data existing on the system. All it takes is a USB device landing in the hands of an unsuspecting user, and a hacker could have access to mission critical information.

Between messing with your Windows system and accessing company data, USB storage devices pose a high risk in today’s highly networked environments. It’s simply not worth the risk to let end users attach USB storage devices to their machines, and there are a number of alternatives to shuttle data and files around without needing to attach a device to your machine. The good news is that IT admins using JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service® won’t need to rely on end users to do the right thing. Instead, JumpCloud admins can rest assured knowing their Windows systems have increased protection from USB-based attacks.

Use JumpCloud to Disable USB Storage Devices on Windows

The JumpCloud System Policy - Disable USB Storage Devices on Windows

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*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from JumpCloud authored by Natalie Bluhm. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/disable-usb-storage-devices-on-windows/

Natalie Bluhm

Natalie is a writer for JumpCloud, an Identity and Access Management solution designed for the cloud era. Natalie graduated with a degree in professional and technical writing, and she loves learning about cloud infrastructure, identity security, and IT protocols.

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