The United Kingdom researchers say that the device will reduce the risk of harmful USB malware.
With a patent from the Indian government, the “external scanning device” was developed at Liverpool Hope University and will shortly be put into production.
When operating systems aren’t set up appropriately, all USBs will be trusted, regardless of what’s on them.
When malware is transferred from a thumb drive to a computer, it could be automatically installed on both the computers.
New hardware scans the USB sticks for malware while masking computer information so that it’s “almost impossible” for malicious programs to infect a PC or laptop.
In addition, our innovation protects the host computer device by providing an extra layer of hardware security and by obscuring information about the host operating system. An external memory device plugged into your computer becomes confused as a result of this disguised information, according to the project leader, Shishir Kumar Shandilya
When the USB is connected to a computer, “the invented device” scans it and determines whether the files are visible and accessible to the host computer.
Instead of “keeping the malicious code busy,” this new scanning device uses a disguised OS to scan and classify the USB drive.
Nature Inspired Cybersecurity (NICS) is a relatively young field that takes ideas from the natural world and applies them to the IT in order to improve cyber defense.
“We are talking to manufacturers about how to develop the prototype into a commercially viable gadget,” said Shandilya, a visiting research fellow at Hope College’s School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering.”
In OT environments from 2019 to 2020, USB-borne malware dangers more than doubled, according to Honeywell.
In addition, there’s a probability that the arrival of hybrid working will result in an increase in the use of thumb drives.