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VMware View 5 Desktop Virtualization Solutions by Andre Leibovici, Jason Langone

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USB redirection and filtering

Throughout a growing number of organizations, USB hard drives are prohibited. This is because of the great risk of data leakage from end users copying sensitive data to a USB hard drive and then misusing the device or using the USB hard drive’s data maliciously. However, simply blocking all USB devices may disallow the following perfectly accepted USB devices such as:

  • Pointing devices
  • Audio headsets
  • Transcription playback pedals
  • Medical equipment, for example, a patient monitoring device
  • Scientific equipment, for example, a metering device
  • Photographic equipment, for example, a video recorder
  • Audio equipment, for example, USB MIDI interfaces
  • Authentication devices, for example, a card reader

Therefore, it’s important to not ...

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