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CyberGuard simplifies reporting on web, mail and content compliance for geographically dispersed organisations across multiple time zones.

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By  Sarah Gain Published  December 29, 2005

More and more large businesses are geographically dispersed, yet try to reduce operating costs by centrally managing core IT security functions, such as access control, gateway security and policy compliance. Security solutions provider, CyberGuard, which delivers protection for the critical components of large and complex information networks within Global 2000 enterprises and government organisations, has announced enhancements to its Webwasher CSM Suite to better support the needs of these organisations. The vendor has announced enhancements to its Webwasher CSM Suite that will allow large corporations to report more effectively on web and e-mail traffic, detailing security status and policy compliance across multiple time zones. Webwasher Content Reporter allows these organisations to report on a wide variety of popular security gateway devices such as CyberGuard firewalls, network appliance NetCache products, Cisco content engines and others. Content Reporter's ability to automatically detect, collect and process log files makes it an invaluable tool for even very large organisations, the company claims. "One significant challenge in the area of security and compliance reporting is the plethora of data that is generated by traffic monitoring applications," says Sami Mulla, vice president Middle East and North Africa, CyberGuard. "Data spanning multiple time zones is a particular headache from a reporting perspective. Webwasher Content Reporter Version 4.6 eliminates this problem by giving the system administrator full control over how these data are treated from a time zone perspective." This ability to ‘normalise’ time zone information makes the process of analysing and reporting on dozens of gigabytes of global data far easier for system administrators in centralised data centres. In addition to simplified reporting, the new solution adds support for the most popular Linux distributions and allows Content Reporter deployments on Unix and Linux to use Microsoft SQL Server installations as back-end repositories for logging and reporting data, thereby significantly reducing the time and investment needed to deploy an enterprise-wide reporting solution.

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