USBguard SERVICE

CAN YOU SAFEGUARD AGAINST RISKS INHERENT IN USB DATA TRANSFER WHILE ON BUSINESS TRIPS?

YES!

The risks involved in USB data transfer

When you insert an unknown USB mass storage device into your computer or your own device into an unknown computer, you are exposed to a number of security risks:

A BadUSB attack can cause extensive damage, such as sensitive information ending up in the wrong hands. Any malware on your USB storage device can spread to your internal network when you connect the device to your organisation’s computers.

If your storage device happens to be infected with malware, you will expose your data exchange partner’s organisation to the same threat. When you give your own USB storage device to another person for the purpose of data transfer, that person may copy unauthorised files without your knowledge.

Your organisation’s IT support may be located far from your current location, even in another country or continent, and you may be unable to ask for help when you receive an unknown USB storage device for use in a file exchange. An end user in your organisation may not be security savvy and fail to observe necessary precautions during a data exchange. If you have two similar flash drives, one infected and the other not, how do you know which one is safe without connecting the drives to your computer?

If you know that your storage device is infected, what should you do? Would you take your USB storage device to your organisation’s IT support or would you throw it – along with any confidential information – in the bin for anyone to find? What if you could remove harmful files in a secure way, without connecting the storage device to your computer?

Do not trust, but thwart risks!

Finding unsafe files manually is practically impossible. Harmful files can be easily disguised as safe ones. USBguard is a small portable solution for scanning harmful files. It also helps you to stay safe when traveling on business.

The user does not have to be security savvy as USBguard’s pop-up instructions advise them when needed. USBguard is quick and easy to use.

USBguard is unique because of it’s mobile nature. USBguard is designed and manufactured in Finland.

Organisations who exchange data using USB storage devices should ensure that they are used safely. The size of an organisation is not relevant in the matter of USB security.

Issues to consider when using USB storage devices

“Do I dare to plug my USB storage device into an unknown computer?”
“Do I dare to plug an unknown USB storage device into my computer?”
“Should I trust or not?”
“What if there was a device that could scan a USB storage device for files classified as unsafe, and would then only allow specific files to be moved from one storage device to another?"

One unsafe file is enough to compromise the security and business operations of an entire organisation. Are you prepared to take that risk?



What is BadUSB?

BadUSB refers to a malicious USB device that presents a serious security risk. An ordinary USB storage device can be turned into a malicious one by reprogramming its microchip.

Anyone can make a BadUSB device because the required code and installation instructions can be easily found online.

A BadUSB device is particularly dangerous because antivirus software cannot detect it.

If your organisation wants to avoid security risks inherent in USB data transfer, you have the choice of either not using USB storage devices or scanning the devices using USBguard.

A BadUSB disguised as a storage device can be programmed, for example, to snatch a particular file from the user’s database 10 seconds after installation. A BadUSB device may also take over the user’s keyboard or mouse.

USBguard scans USB storage devices for malware and BadUSB. If malicious files are found, the USB storage device can be reinitialised or harmful files removed individually.

If the storage device in question is disguised as a BadUSB device, USBguard prevents it from operating and prompts the user to disconnect it. If you have malware scanning software on your computer and the storage device is in fact disguised as a BadUSB device, the game is already lost when you insert it and the computer starts to scan it.



HOW CAN I STAY SAFE?

Comprehensive service

We offer a mobile security service for combating security threats for USB mass storage devices. The most common USB threats are the spread of malware, the risk of BadUSB and the possibility that your partner will copy unauthorised files from your flash drive. When files are exchanged using USBguard, both users can see on the USBguard screen which files are being transferred.

USBguard is a comprehensive service that includes:

USBguard devices, which are always made to order

Maintenance of and updates to the service

Product Support

Antivirus software license

Protection against BadUSB attacks

Hardware warranty. If the device breaks down, a replacement will be provided at no additional cost

You can subscribe to the Management Server as an add-on


If you suspect a targeted attack, you have the option to use an add-on service which sends files chosen for transfer to Fitsec for inspection before the storage device is connected to your computer or the internal network of your organisation.


Hence, the customer does not pay only for the device, but, above all, for a mobile security service and continuous product development as a result of customer feedback. Updates are available to each client either on the Management Server or directly from Fitsec whenever the software is updated. In addition, the units and service can be customised to each client’s individual needs.

The USBguard service is available as an annual license which covers unit breakdown. USBguard includes an integrated antivirus program and a feature for removing harmful files and making the storage device operable again. The unit also allows the initialisation of storage devices and the removal of unnecessary files.

The USBGuard service runs on the Linux operating system and the unit has an easy-to-use touch screen; however, the real benefit to the customer comes from the mobile service and pre-installed security software produced by Fitsec.

Easy operation by end users

The service was designed from the outset from the end user’s point of view for maximum ease of use.

Since the touch screen guides the user with clear pop-up instructions, they do not need any technical skills to operate the unit. Integrated into the unit, you will also find separate clear instructions for use. The Language Menu can be used to change the language of the software. Languages are added when required, so do not hesitate to ask for different language versions.

The main features of USBguard:


File listing

View Files

Remove harmful and unnecesary files


Scanning

Antivirus scanning

The ability to remove harmful files and continue using the mass storage device

Automatic protection against BadUSB attacks


Copying

Secure file exchange between storage devices

Automatic antivirus scanning and BadUSB detection


Initialisation

An easy way to clear your storage device securely and reliably





A unique mobile USB security service

The USBguard service has been developed as an answer to client requests and to satisfy a genuine need. The mobile nature of the service has attracted considerable interest among clients, as organisations of all sizes have a real need for such a solution. Many clients have also been looking for a solution to security risks inherent in USB mass storage devices in order to protect themselves while on business trips. A USBguard unit weighs approximately 300 grams and is easy to carry when travelling on business. The software is constantly being updated as security threats evolve and customer feedback is received.

Management Server and customisation

The USBguard Management Server can be used to remotely manage and update several USBguard units centrally. Organisations that have several USBguard units at their disposal benefit from the Management Server. The Management Server speeds up and facilitates the management of a large unit base. The Management Server is customised to client requirements.

USBguard can be customised to satisfy client wishes. The functions can be tailored to a certain extent and the appearance can be customized, for example, by setting the unit up with the client’s credentials or by producing USBguard units in certain colours.

Contact us for more information about customisation! All our security services are always customised to meet our client’s requirements and wishes.

Please ask us about our other services!

CONTACT US

Fitsec Oy

Linnoitustie 4 A
02600 Espoo

info@usbguard.fi
Switchboard +358 9 3540 1360

Key Persons

Meeri Laakso
Sales Manager
+358 40 0980 383
meeri.laakso@fitsec.com 

Annu Sorell
Director of Operations
+358 50 4479 876