Strategic management is vital. Exercised well, strong controls will bolster the security of the business for very little cost. The following suggestions can reduce the likelihood of an incident caused accidentally or deliberately via excessive privilege, and prevent escalation of a breach. Click the image to download our 'Tips to Manage User Privileges'.
Asset Management Benefits
With staff mobility, offsite working and even personal devices in the mix, you may find yourself in a whirlwind of uncertainty as to the whereabouts of equipment belonging to your organisation. Losing control of your assets could have catastrophic repercussions, especially if that includes devices that access business data.
An asset management system will eradicate uncertainty. Always know what equipment the business owns, where it is located and with whom, all in real-time and in one centralised place. Whichever system you choose, you will reap the benefits. Click the image to read our 'Asset Management Benefits'.
How to Disable USB Ports
Removable media can be used to infect a network with malware or used to steal data from the network (and not just by a malicious actor but an insider source), so block the USB ports that connect removable media to a device.
PDSC has provided 3 options that will help with this. When choosing an option consider the equipment you regularly connect to, such as keyboard/ mouse/ mic/ camera/ Bluetooth nano receiver/ etc.
Click the image to find out more about the three options.
How to Disable USB Ports with Inbuilt Configuration
You can block USB ports from the device itself. It would be best to use Technical Support for this option but if you want to give it a go here are basic steps for Windows and Mac implementation.
These examples disable ALL USB ports and must be configured as an administrator. More complex methods will increase your device security.
Regularly test the settings are still in place, especially when there is a new Operating System update, as this might undo the configurations. Click the image to read 'how to disable USB ports with inbuilt configuration'.
Do’s and Don’ts on using removable media
Removable media, such as USB devices, external hard drives, CDs and memory cards, are frequently used by businesses to store data and information. However, they pose a risk of allowing malware to be introduced into a device/system or exporting sensitive data out of an otherwise secure network, whether it is done deliberately or accidentally. Every business must have clear guidelines for the handling of removable media, compatible with proper security controls to protect the organisation’s data.
Here are PDSC’s Do’s and Don’ts when using removable media: