Like unrestricted privileges to administrative users in a network (PUMA),
access in companies has its own set of problems. Irresponsible Internet usage tends
to reduce employee productivity increases security risks, and the prime
bandwidth necessary for business consumption becomes scarce.
The Social Enterprise
In this era of cloud
computing and social media, access to Internet for business usage is the order
of the day. Companies make use of social tools like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn
to stay in touch with their customers, to quickly market their products, to
stay informed about best practices, etc. But then, surveys by various agencies indicate that YouTube
alone drains 10% of the business bandwidth usage, another 5% by Facebook. There
is no dispute that Internet usage has to be streamlined and effectively
monitored to ensure that it is responsibly used.
It is a fine balancing
act. Take full advantage of the facilities of the Internet and at the same
time, prevent over use and avoid security risk. So, what do we do now?
Non-intrusive & Real-time Monitoring
There is a fine line
between being Big Brother and keeping employees from misusing corporate
Internet access, and this is where an non-intrusive, real-time Internet user
activity monitoring solution like ManageEngine Firewall Analyzer comes to your rescue. Firewall Analyzer is a
log analytics and configuration management software for network security
devices. It monitors corporate bandwidth usage in real-time, tracks web sites
visited, provides protocol-wise & application-wise bandwidth consumption. It captures all network security events and
notifies about the security situation. It audits the configuration and security
of the perimeter device to assess the security of the device itself.
This is what one of our customer had to say about using Firewall
Analyzer to monitor employee Internet usage and how they prevent large file
Monitoring Corporate Users’ Internet Activity using Firewall Analyzer
Analyzer you can use any of three following use cases to monitor your employees
- Quick Reports from Dashboard
- Reports using Advanced
In our next post we will show you how to monitor corporate users’ Internet activity using Quick Reports from Dashboard.
The original article/video can be found at Monitoring Corporate Users Internet Activity – Part I