GFI brings Web filtering to off-site devices

WebMonitor 2013 extends policy controls beyond corporate network

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GFI brings Web filtering to off-site devices Spoor: A balance needs to be struck, as implementing too many regulations can impede productivity.
By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  March 31, 2013

GFI Software today announced GFI WebMonitor 2013, the latest version of the company's Web security and filtering solution targeted at small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

The new version enables IT managers to deploy a roaming Web filtering agent on laptop and notebook devices, allowing businesses to extend corporate browsing policies to company assets running outside of the corporate network and provide continuous filtering protection whether employees are in-house or on-the-go.

SMBs have long used Web filtering solutions to prevent the productivity, bandwidth and security issues associated with Web browsing in the workplace. But GFI argues that with telecommuting on the rise and more companies giving employees laptops and notebooks to access corporate resources remotely, IT managers have lost visibility into browsing activity on work-issued devices, posing legal liabilities for the company, among other risks.

"GFI WebMonitor's new roaming agent extends corporate browsing policies and filtering protection to laptops and notebooks running outside of the corporate network - and does so without compromising connectivity speeds," GFI said in a press release.

"With this feature in place, IT managers can trust that road warriors, remote employees and workers who take their devices home at night are held to the same Internet usage policies that in-house employees follow. This capability is also beneficial for small businesses that use laptops and notebooks as their primary computing devices."

WebMonitor's roaming Web filtering agent also enables IT managers to create and apply different filtering policies depending on a device's location. For example, streaming media may be allowed once a device leaves the corporate network, but specific categories of websites, such as gambling and adult sites, remain inaccessible. Additionally, GFI WebMonitor is now able to log Web access activity occurring outside of the corporate network in addition to in-house activity and provide full reporting capabilities regardless of a user's location.

"The line defining the amount of control IT managers can have over users' activity on work-issued devices is always blurred," said John Spoor, regional director MEA, GFI Software.

"A balance needs to be struck, as implementing too many browsing regulations can make employees unhappy and impede productivity. Yet, without enough controls in place businesses open themselves up to a variety of legal and security risks.

"GFI WebMonitor's new roaming agent provides IT with the best of both worlds. They can give employees the freedom to use the Internet as they wish, while putting access controls in place to prevent them from visiting websites that could cause malware infections or legal liabilities. In other words, they can sleep well at night knowing their employees - and their business - are well protected."

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