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Two weeks free IM and web usage reporting

FaceTime Communications : 16 April, 2008  (New Product)
Visitors to InfoSec offered the opportunity of trying RTDiscover network visibility tool on two week free trial and win an exceptional dining experience with FaceTime's "Real Time Challenge".
FaceTime Communications is highlighting the lack of awareness surrounding the high level of use in the workplace of unauthorised IM and other greynet applications, such as Social Networking, by inviting visitors to take the "FaceTime Real-time Challenge" at Infosecurity Europe and install RTDiscover, a network visibility tool that provides comprehensive reporting over a two week period of Instant Messaging, P2P, Malware and web usage.

Applications such as instant messaging and P2P are generally introduced into organisations by the end user, who is often unaware of the risks of malware propagation. Conversely, most organisations know about of the dangers these applications pose, but are unaware of the rapid growth in use on their networks. According to a recent survey by FaceTime, 59% of employees admit to using public instant messaging alone, within the workplace.

One of the reasons that real-time communication usage on corporate networks goes unnoticed is that most of them, even the legitimate IM applications, are built to evade detection by traditional security technologies such as firewalls. Ultimately, this can result in malware entering the network surreptitiously as well as business information leaking out.

By taking up FaceTime on its challenge, IT chiefs with seven hundred and fifty plus users that are confident that their network will come up clean are in with a chance of winning a fabulous dinner for two at one of the UK's top restaurants.

"Social networking, Web 2.0 and real-time communication tools are revolutionising the way companies do businesses, but leaving them unmonitored or unprotected is as good as leaving the back door to your house open and a meal ready on the table for the thief," says Nick Sears, VP EMEA, FaceTime Communications. "Only by completing an audit can a realistic policy for usage within the company be set and we're confident that within any organisation, which has a substantial amount of IT users, that RTDiscover will pick-up enough usage of IM and other greynet applications to surprise even the most cynical IT Director."

RTDiscover is a free tool that detects all real-time communication activities within the network and provides reports on Internet access by employees and logging of URL access attempts. Operating at the network perimeter, RTDiscover installs onto standard windows machines and requires no changes to the network infrastructure.

For more information and a copy of RTDiscover to take part in the FaceTime Real-time Challenge visit stand F205 Infosecurity Europe, Olympia, 22-24 April 2008.
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