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Comprehensive corporate web monitoring

GFI Software : 23 August, 2007  (New Product)
Web monitoring product available in three versions to suit all business web control requirements
GFI Software has announced the release of the latest version of GFI WebMonitor for ISA
Server, a solution that gives administrators comprehensive control over
corporate web usage and what employees are downloading from the
Internet. GFI WebMonitor 4 boosts employee productivity and increases
security whilst maintaining optimum use of the Internet as a business

The Internet is an important business-to-business (B2B) resource but
uncontrolled and unmonitored access could lead to lower productivity
when employees waste time browsing non-work related material. Research
carried out by IDC shows that up to 40% of employee Internet activity is
non-work related and this includes the downloading of music files, usage
of social sites like Facebook or eCommerce sites like eBay and browsing
the web for personal entertainment. Access to the Internet also
increases the risk of viruses, spyware and unauthorized software being
downloaded. Such activity can lead to malicious software active on
companies' systems, leading to security breaches and data loss.

A practical method of mitigating these unwanted aspects of the corporate
Internet connection would be to deploy GFI WebMonitor. This solution
grants the administrator full control over Internet resources to create
a secure online experience, to proactively counter risks of vicarious
liability and, in turn, to set higher efficiency levels.

GFI WebMonitor for ISA Server is available in three editions, offering
administrators a specific or holistic web management solution. These
are: the WebFilter Edition; the WebSecurity Edition and the
UnifiedProtection Edition, a suite that delivers a secure browsing
experience through the use of multiple anti-virus engines, increases
productivity through the WebGrade URL Filter and drives implementation
of user web policies through granular download control policies.

The WebFilter Edition of GFI WebMonitor for ISA Server comes with
WebGrade, a 100% human-reviewed site categorization database and web
filtering technology that gives administrators control over what sites
users can browse and block access to websites in particular categories,
such as adult, online gaming, P2P and travel websites. The WebFilter
Edition permits real-time web monitoring of all corporate web activity
and also bandwidth monitoring. Administrators are also able to
proactively enforce company policy on a per-user basis to filter out
unwanted web usage.

The WebSecurity Edition provides the tools needed to create download
control policies and monitor what files employees are downloading from
the web and to block particular file-types such as mp3s. GFI WebMonitor
also uses multiple virus scanners to scan every file that is downloaded;
this drastically decreases the time to obtain virus signatures, thereby
reducing the possibility of infection.

The WebSecurity Edition also reduces the potential risks of social
engineering by blocking access to phishing websites through the use of
an auto-updatable database of phishing URLs. In so doing administrators
are also lowering the risk of data-leakage from within the company.

Other features common to both editions include monitoring of which
websites users are browsing and what files are being downloaded;
monitoring and blocking of those applications that connect to their home
pages to download updates; the ability to track download and upload
traffic and URL hits over time; allow exceptions through the use of
whitelists and blacklists; and controlled access to the configuration
and monitoring interfaces.

'GFI WebMonitor delivers three major benefits that previously were
available only to customers with enterprise-level budgets. First, GFI
WebMonitor on an ISA Server can deliver a secure browsing experience for
employees by protecting them against viruses, spyware and fraudulent
websites. Second, it can enhance productivity by controlling access to
websites such as adult and bandwidth hungry sites and, third, it aids
the implementation of company security policies through Active Directory
integrated features,' David Vella, Director of Product Management at GFI

'We are offering excellent performance, benefits and functionality at a
price that is affordable for SMBs. At the same time, the product is easy
to use and requires the administrator to spend less time configuring and
maintaining the system,' he added.

A free trial of the three editions of GFI WebMonitor is available for
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