What Is a USB Drive Test?
A USB drive test allows you to test your users on how they will react to finding an unknown removable storage device, such as a thumb drive.
If you navigate to Physical Tests > USB in your KMSAT console, you can download test files and copy them to universal serial bus (USB) drives. Once the USB drives are set up, you can place the USB drives in planned locations. Then, you can use your KMSAT console to see if your users are opening the test files. You can also see information such as where your users are opening the test files.
See the sections below to learn more about USB drive tests. Alternatively, you can watch our USB Drive Test video.
USB Drive Tests Page
From the USB Drive Tests page of your KMSAT console, you can view and manage all existing USB drive tests.
- +Create New USB Drive Test takes you to the Create New USB Drive Test page where you can add details for a new test.
- The Campaign Name column lists each USB drive test. Clicking the name of the test takes you to the overview page for that test.
- Other columns in this table include the number of files opened, the number of times macros were enabled, when the test was started, and when the test was completed.
- The Status column can show three different progress labels: Created, Started, and Completed.
- The Created label indicates the test has been created but has not started yet.
- The Started label indicates the test has started and is in progress.
- The Completed label indicates the test has ended.
- Download CSV Report allows you to download one report that shows details for all of your USB drive test campaigns. This includes each time a file was opened, when macros were enabled, the IP address location for each instance, and more.
- Clicking the arrow in the Actions column gives you the option to edit or delete the test.
Create a USB Drive Test
To create a USB drive test, you'll need one or more USB drives and the ability to reach the KnowBe4 USB server domain.
Keep in mind that you may not be able to physically reclaim the USB drive again once your test begins.
The KnowBe4 USB server domain is the instance where your console is hosted, followed by the subdirectory /usb_campaigns/report/. For example, the United States USB server is https://training.knowbe4.com/usb_campaigns/report/. See our KnowBe4's Training Instances article for more information.
When you're ready to start a USB drive test, navigate to Physical Tests > USB in your KMSAT console. Then, click +Create New USB Drive Test to create a new test.
Give your test a name, specify the location where you will leave the device, and add any notes that could be helpful for you to track. Click Create USB Drive Test once all details are entered.
Start a USB Drive Test
Once you have created a USB drive test, you’ll be taken to the test Overview page. You can also access this page by navigating to Physical Tests > USB in your KMSAT console and selecting the test’s name. This page lists four steps to help get you started.
See the sections below for more information about these steps.
- Download one or more test files from the Download Test File column. You can download and use multiple files in a single USB drive test.
- Copy the files to one or more USB devices.
Note: We encourage you to rename these files before saving them to your USB drive. We recommend using filenames that entice your users to open them, such as “Salaries2022.xlsx” or “BoardMeetingNotes.docx”.
- Click Start Test at the bottom of the page.
- Place the USB drives in a specified location.
Note: Users must have the appropriate programs installed on their computers to open and run the embedded scripts in the test files. Without a program to open the files, the test data cannot be sent back to your console.
Track a USB Drive Test
To check the details of a USB drive test, navigate to Physical Tests > USB in your KMSAT console. Then, click the name of the test you'd like to track. The Overview page shows how many times a file has been opened, how many times macros have been enabled, and a map of IP address locations where these failures occurred.
For more information on the failures, click the Details subtab. This page lists the date and time that files were opened or macros were enabled, as well as the IP address and location where the file was opened. If macros were enabled by a user, you will see their username, display name, and computer name.
End a USB Drive Test
There is no specified duration for how long a USB drive test will run. When you're ready to stop tracking the file opens and enabled macros on the USB drive or drives associated with this test, you can click End Test on the test's overview page.
Once a test has ended, you will no longer receive new data on files opened or macros enabled. If you would like to restart a completed test, you can go to the test’s overview page and click Restart Test.
Check out the following articles for more information about USB drive tests:
My USB Drive Test Report Is Not Showing Macros Enabled
How to See the Internal IP Addresses of Users Who Have Failed a USB Drive Test
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