Technology: Safety risk USB stick: Microsoft with new protective measures

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USB sticks are practical storage media, but also feared by admins, because they are considered a potential security risk because it can be used to introduce malware into a company or steal sensitive files. The USB connections are therefore blocked on many company PCs. With appropriate guidelines, Microsoft tries to maintain the comfort of the simple change media without at the same time endangering security.

Already today there are opportunities that go beyond a general lock or general writing protection for alternating data. With Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, companies can specifically release very specific storage media for use, and it can even be restricted that a medium may only be used on one or more defined computers. In addition, guidelines for dealing with alternating data can be determined, which are activated at the moment when a computer is connected to the company network via VPN.

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In an Blogpost , Microsoft announces that these guidelines can be made even more granular in the future. The authorization for writing, reading or executing files on change media can be controlled depending on the file extension.

In addition, the above -mentioned guidelines that regulate the use of certain media on certain computers can also be expanded by the useride, so that these rules only apply to selected users.

There are also new opportunities to track activities related to change media. For example, files that were transferred to or by a USB stick can automatically generate a copy on a network drive set by the administrator. According to German law, this could be problematic with regard to data protection and employee rights - at least if it happens without information.

Other details and further links can be found in the Blogpost mentioned.

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