The use of thin clients and terminal servers is one rise, even in small and medium-sized businesses, because of the benefits to be gained from a standardized and centralized system environment. But when it comes to control the use of USB ports that are often included with thin clients, many administrators face the challenge of implementing IT security policies without impeding employee productivity. Often the solution that is selected is to disable the USB ports altogether and then facing the task of having to manually and selectively re-enable some of them. There's a better solution, though: DriveLock.
DriveLock gives you the ability to ensure the security of these external ports and the flexibility of not having to impede employee productivity. DriveLock can monitor the drives connected to a session and allow or deny access for users and groups according to your policy and requirements. You can also audit data transfers to and from a flash drive, and the built-in file filter lets you limit these transfers to only approved files or file types. For example, you could only allow the copying of PDF documents or you could prevent users from copying specific sensitive files to a flash drive.
CenterTools now offers a special software package for Wyse thin clients that use the Linux V6 operating system. It lets you log detailed information about connected external drives, including model and serial number. You can use this information to define even more detailed policies.