Intellectual property theft is real. Turn off mass storage device on USB ports.

Turn off mass storage device on USB ports.

With the incredibly large size of thumb drives today Intellectual property theft is a real issue with even the smallest companies. Good management software can set this up and manage it to allow a thumb drive as needed. The software we use at Pelstar to control clients security and policies does this well, if you have an IT service provider ask them about it. It the past some of this software would cause problems with other USB devices such as keyboards and cameras. Now the software does a good job by automatically allowing devices that cannot be used as a mass storage device.
Here is a link to do it if you are in control of a domain using group policy.

Here is how you do it on a single machine, WARNING! If you are not familiar with modifying permissions be very careful or you may block yourself out.