Hardware security key with locked down usb slots

I would like to use hardware security keys in an environment where it is additionally needed to lock down any ways in which a user could download data to a device like a usb key. Is it possible to lock down a usb slot in a way, that file transfer is not possible but hardware security keys still work?

In my case the scenario would include Windows 10 Pro as an OS and preferably a fido2 capable key.

Requiring hardware key at boot-up on normal laptop

I am sure that a question like this already exists and has probably been answered. I just couldn’t find any results (probably due to my inability to word my question correctly).

We use laptops at work which require a hardware key (a USB) to boot the computer along with a username/password. It then boots to Windows and a different USB/Username/Password combination is required.

I am already aware on how to implement the second security feature (the windows login requiring USB as well) but can’t find any information on implementing a USB requirement to pass through the boot-up process. It’s very similar to having a BIOS password, though requires a USB/Username/Password combination and therefore more secure as requiring a physical token.

I am trying to implement this to provide higher than usual BIOS level security. I don’t want the machine to be able to be used WITHOUT the physical access token and am not concerned with HDD security (i.e, the OS itself) as I have already implemented significant security onto that already.

i.e if somebody connects an external HDD and tries to boot onto that instead of the build in HDD (which has OS-level security), I want them to require a physical token to do so along with a username and password

The startup process should therefore go like this:

    1. Power on     2. Insert USB (this is my issue)     3. Enter Username/Password     4. Boot to Windows     5. Insert seperate USB     6. Enter Windows username/password     7. Login 

Will cloning windows drive to put in VM on same hardware require re-activation/re-licensing?

I want to clone a Windows hard drive and use it for a Virtual Machine on the same hardware. Basically I want to swap the main OS for the machine to run a stable Linux OS and have the Windows OS run within a virtual machine for those times it will be used.

Will it require re-licensing or re-activation though if it is run on the same hardware but in a virtual machine instead?

Can my employer access my device’s hardware info or control it in any manner even after I unregister? (On the Google apps/ business platform)

I added a new Google account on my device and signed in with my work account. It said that my device info like IMEI number, Mac address etc will be shared and the admins will also be able to control my device.

I do not want this, so I unregistered the account from inside the ‘Google Device Policy’ app.

I want to know, if even after unregistering, do the admins have all my device info stored and any way to get back into my phone?

Also since all of my phone details are shared with them, won’t they be able to clone my device?

Linux seperating hardware driver from main application

I made a program in Raspberry Pi 2B+ (with raspbian lite) that communicates with a LoRa module (RFM95), collects data from a sensor and puts the data into an sqlite3 database.

My main application will consist of a network of more than 10 to 15 sensors.

I’m thinking of seperating the driver, the piece of code that talks with the hardware module, from the main application that makes use of the packets.

I don’t know much about Linux but I’m considering something with files, like an “input” file that would contain bytes that the driver catch in the air and an “output” file in which the main application would write packets to be sent from the hardware module using the driver.

my current work is in C++.

Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software chanve

I uninstalled Ubuntu by deleting the drive allotted for it from windows Disk Management. But I guess I didn’t delete the grub. I have tried several videos. But none of them works for me. Because the BCD file of mine is “file: \BCD” (not file: \boot\BCD) Error code: 0xc0000098 Now I get Ubuntu and windows option when I press F9 at starting but choosing windows will will give the above error message and choosing ubuntu will take me to grub command window. Please help me with this.

Schedule Hardware Change on Next VM Reboot

Not all VM ‘hardware’ changes can be done online – eg. changing the number virtual of cores assigned – and therefore must be done when the VM offline/not running.

Commanding a shutting down, waiting for it to complete, altering the setting, and then starting it up again takes administrator time waiting at various points and means that an administrator must be available during a maintenance window.

In SCVMM Is there any way to make a hardware change that will take effect automatically the next time the VM is started?

VMWare has this functionality.