Disable USB Access on Network Computers

Hi,

Anyone know how I can disable the usb drive on computers on the network?
Mary MacchioniAsked:
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Scott CSenior Systems EnginerCommented:
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Brian PringleSystems Analyst II, SCM, ERPCommented:
It depends on the architecture that you are using.  You can manually disable it in the BIOS (if supported), disable it via Group Policy, or programmatically disable it.  

Are you using a Windows Server and domain?  If so, there are Group Policies that you can enable to turn off the USB port for mass storage.

Please take a look at these articles to see if they provide any information that can help you.  If not, please let us know.

http://prajwaldesai.com/how-to-disable-usb-devices-using-group-policy/

http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch001554.htm
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Bryant SchaperCommented:
we use group policy and our AV software has the ability as well.
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Wayne HerbertIT SpecialistCommented:
It's not really going to stop anyone from sending files out or bringing files back into the PC.  There is email, messengers like Skype, and cloud services like Dropbox that all provide alternative means of file distribution.
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Bryant SchaperCommented:
While I would agree with Wayne, any of the internet methods can be controlled as well, firewall policies and content filtering along with a myriad of other technologies as well.  We dont allow external IM with Skype or any other client, we prevent access to private email and p2p filesharing like dropbox, plus we scan outbound traffic for sensitive like SSNs and Credit Card numbers.

Blocking USB is just another tool in our arsenal of security.
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Mary MacchioniAuthor Commented:
Thanks!
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