Employee internet management (EIM) software provider, Websense, has launched a new assessment tool designed to increase services and consulting revenue for value-added resellers.
The product, Employee Computing Risk Assessment (ECRA), detects and analyses the impact that threats such as spyware, P2P network abuse and malicious code have on an organisation’s computer network.
It is intended to complement an organisation’s existing security assessment measures by determining how employee behaviour is affecting computing risk levels.
By using ECRA, resellers can conduct a gap analysis of an organisation’s perceived protection versus its actual protection against threats in the employee computing environment.
These threats are grouped into four separate categories: security, legal liability, network bandwidth and productivity management.
“Previously our resellers would only be able to advise customers of possible risks,” Websense territory manager ANZ, Graham Connolly, said. “But now they can create a report that graphically illustrates the actual risk, the actual bandwith usage, P2P networking and unmanaged personal surfing – it’s a much more professional approach.”
The purpose of such an analysis is to allow the reseller to offer each individual organisation a specific internet filtering program to suit its needs.
“It’s designed to help resellers in the services space,” Connolly said.
According to Websense, 90 per cent of businesses have suffered hacker attacks in the last year and one in three corporations has spyware on its network.
They also claim that 70 per cent of all Internet porn traffic occurs during the nine-to-five work day.
“In my experience, most companies have admitted that they have no idea what is going on in their network,” Connolly said.
“A company may believe that they are not exposed to spyware or malicious code, when in reality a company’s employees may be unwittingly causing significant exposure on an ongoing basis.”