Bandwidth bandits

Local firms are bleeding money in bandwidth costs by failing to stop employees' illegal network usuage, claims a US firm.

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By  Joanne Bladd Published  September 10, 2007

Local firms are bleeding money in bandwidth costs by failing to stop employees' illegal network usage, claims a US firm.

Jay Giyanani, director of business development for network security firm Niksun, says the issue is hitting local businesses hard.

"Companies in the Middle East employ a high number of expatriates, who are likely to use more international communications. Employees waste time and, importantly, bandwidth with inappropriate use of the network."

Niksun's software product IntelliDefend promises to tighten up network usage, by tracking who is using the network when, and for what purposes. Billed as a "security camera on your network", the software can reconstruct web sessions, emails, attachments and chatroom information, Givanani explains; "So you know if employees are browsing the web for work activities, or if they are using your network inappropriately."

IntelliDefend can also identify if confidential information has been leaked via email, instant messaging or even FTP, Givanani adds. "Companies need to protect these assets."

And the potential results are impressive. Givanani points to one customer who was billed AED40,000 by a local network provider, in bandwidth costs. After investigations using IntelliDefend, the employer discovered staff using the network to download videos.

IntelliNetVCR, a second product, provides further analysis of bandwidth usage. Designed as a full network solution, the product captures and indexes network traffic to pinpoint problems.

"Every network has hold-ups," Givanani says. "We can help you identify whether the server, application or network is causing the problem."

The solution also flags up the top applications, protocols and IP addresses for more targeted marketing, and identifies which applications are using up the most bandwidth.

Niksun is hoping its products prove popular with local resellers. As a first-time exhibitor, the firm is hoping to use the show as a springboard to the regional market. Niksun is looking for general partners for all Middle Eastern countries.

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