Here at Creative Network Solutions, we are Manchester’s leading IT support and network services experts. From secure remote access services to business VoIP, we are the team you can count on. As a result, we have produced this guide to everything you should know about the benefits of USB protection for businesses.
What is USB protection?
With the increase in remote working, people are relying more than ever on using multiple devices to complete work and for business purposes. But USB devices used to move data from one device and network to another can be dangerous. USB protection is a security measure offered by a range of cyber security businesses and anti-virus protection software, that aims to secure your network from potential intentional and accidental USB threats.
What are the advantages of USB protection for businesses?
There are a number of reasons why companies and businesses should consider installing USB protection software for the company network and devices. These include:
- Preventing the transfer of infected files
- Protection from unauthorised data transfers
- Monitoring and information
USB protection can prevent the transfer of infected files
Because USB devices are designed to be plugged into multiple devices, it is unbelievably easy for your employees to accidently infect the entire work network, simply by transferring an infected file from the device onto the company network, and then opening this to work on. In the significant majority of cases, this is completely accidental, but the disruption and damage caused by a rogue trojan or worm can be extreme. Thankfully, in many cases your anti-malware software should prevent this file from opening in the first place. However, if this is not kept up to date, or the specific type of malware being used hasnt been researched yet, a lot of damage can be caused. USB protection restricts file transfers and data and can even block the USB port preventing any malware from spreading.
USB protection can protect from unauthorised data transfers
Installing USB protection software can stop data from being downloaded or taken from the company network without permission. From sensitive data to financial information, there are strict rules and regulations about how data is stored and managed, and USB protection can help these rules stay enforced. This helps to keep you, your company, and your customers safe from data and identity theft and can even help reduce the risk of effective phishing scams.
USB protection offers endpoint monitoring
Finally, installing USB protection will give you the ability to fully monitor each external device, and to control the transfer of data from desktops and laptops, even when users are not connected to the corporate network. This is because with USB Protection, users must get permission to use a USB device, and an administrator can then manually allow or deny access and customize settings to meet their requirements. This is very effective for reducing the risk of potentially serious threats.
For more information or advice about our services, including security, cloud data backup and more, why not get in touch with the team today, here at Creative Network Solutions.