Viruses from Jump Drives?

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Gary Karasik, Jun 24, 2005.

  1. Gary Karasik

    Gary Karasik Guest

    Users download files onto their jump drives from their virus- or
    trojan-infected home machines, then plug them directly into a workstation at
    work, then copy files back and forth.

    Anybody have any rules about this?

    Gary Karasik, Jun 24, 2005
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    Well, you could disable non-admin use of the USB ports via group policy. Or
    get a baseball bat and show people you know how to swing it. Or both.
    However, I hope your desktop AV software is catching this.
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Jun 24, 2005
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  3. One would hope that the antivirus on your desktop would catch that.

    One would hope that one has a computer user policy that indicates that
    only authorized files should be installed back on the desktops

    One would hope that if someone has this concern the desktops are not
    running as admin and thus only scanned and authorized files are replaced.

    One would hope that the firm would do end user training to help inform
    their home users about infected machines.
    Susan Bradley, CPA aka Ebitz - SBS Rocks [MVP], Jun 24, 2005
  4. Gary Karasik

    James B Guest

    On come on Susan you expect computer use policies to be set by the types of
    small offices that use SBS? It's hard enough to get the likes of Bank of
    America to setup and enforce real policy your not going to get "Mom and Pop
    Contruction Company" to do it and if you as the outside Admin go in and
    setup a policy to lock out the use a USB drive Mr. Mom and Pop is going to
    go thru the roof the first time he wants to do it and can't.

    Can you educate the typical small office on "safe computing", not really.
    You can try but 50% of what you say is lost and the other 50% is ignored the
    first time they want to do something that you said they shouldn't. If this
    wasn't the case then the amount of virus and DOS attacks being launched by
    zombie machines across the Internet would be far lower than it is today.

    Best you can do is give them a lecture, build and document your network to
    MS best practices, make sure there is a clear understanding of what you have
    and have not done security wise and hope for the best but keep an eye out
    for the worst so you can CYA when all he** breaks out.
    James B, Jun 24, 2005
  5. Gary Karasik

    Russ Grover Guest

    It's actually easier to teach a small office than 3,000 People

    When I worked for Intel I was the Campus Virus Guru...
    Talk about an impossible task

    A hard policy is best, Treat them like kids.. Hard at First, then ease up on

    The last Couple of years at Intel.. all I did was say NO
    It's nice to say yes now to customers...

    You can't stop people from being Idiots, Heck I even do stupid things now
    and then.
    Just make sure you have current backups...

    Russ Grover
    Small Business IT Support
    Portland\Beaverton OR USA
    Email: Sales at
    Russ Grover, Jun 25, 2005
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