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Selectively set read and write permissions

Manage the read and write permissions of certain hardware devices like Bluetooth headsets and external drives with this advice from Jonathan Hassell.

I have seen many security products and tools that allow administrators to selectively set read or write access on a workstation for devices like USB, FireWire ports, internal/external CD/DVD drives, Bluetooth, etc. This can probably be done by manipulating registry settings, but I am interested in a more secure solution that can be done programmatically.

You raise an excellent point. There are currently third-party tools that can do this. I don't have experience with any of them directly, so I can't offer a recommendation, but your suggested solutions will help you manage removable devices and other hardware additions to a system.

Windows Server Longhorn (Windows Server 2008) will include controls for these types of policies within Group Policy, if you can hold out that long.

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