How do you do....it? Thread, Scanning Students USB's on Login in Technical; Thanks for that, Jonathan. That clears up that we can look at their pen drives although I'm still not sure ...
30th April 2008, 01:50 PM #16
Thanks for that, Jonathan. That clears up that we can look at their pen drives although I'm still not sure that we should look at them - beyond protecting our network security (and rare legal / child protection instances) - but that's a separate question.
30th April 2008, 01:52 PM #17
@ricki - why bother scanning the whole pen drive on insertion? Aside the fact that with 2+GB drives, it would take ages, a virus-infected file on a pen doesn't become an issue until someone attempts to open said file, so on-access scanning would suffice.
30th April 2008, 01:57 PM #18
I want to scan they beause sophos not only detects viruses but malicious software which might deter them bringing some things in lols.
30th April 2008, 03:13 PM #19
Aside from the legal and moral issues what happens if someone plugs in a 32gb pen drive??
2nd May 2008, 01:16 AM #20
Given the above-mentioned ethical and legal issues, would it not be simplest to look at it this way...!?
There are three scenarios which would be of concern to anyone responsible for a network:
1) Removable media to the network;
2) Network to removable media;
3) Removable media to removable media.
In all three cases, any files - whether programs or data - have to traverse the network.
It is at this point - on entering the network - that one not only has the ethical and legal right, but also the practical capability to detect/prevent such activity.
As has already been mentioned, combining judicial use of GPOs and suitable software (anti-virus/anti-malware/HIPS) will suffice.
Once the pupils realise this, they'll be less inclined to take chances with getting into trouble.
However, having such policies in place is your backup position.
Making the pupils aware of the existence of such policies - and the consequences of breaking them(!) - is the real deterrent.
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