London, UK, 23 August, 2007 - GFI Software, a leading developer of network security, content security and messaging software, today 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 tool.
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.