A new software tool from antivirus vendor, Sophos, will boost the reporting capabilities of that company's management software suite.
Sophos EM Reporter is a new module in the Sophos Enterprise Manager suite that enables customers to aggregate virus alert information in customised reports.
The tool provides a way to display information on incidents and virus alerts graphically, integrating with Crystal Decisions' Crystal Reports software, senior security analyst at Sophos, Chris Belthoff, said
While not as fully featured as competing products such as Network Associates' ePolicy Orchestrator, EM Reporter was designed to be easy to use and implement, he said.
"A lot of other management tools are so difficult and require so many weeks of training to use, that they end up being expensive shelfware," Belthoff said.
"We didn't want to create a monster of a product that's hard to implement. EM Reporter gives administrators the capability that they're looking for quickly and easily."
EM Reporter uses data sent by Sophos antivirus engines running as clients on corporate desktops and relies on a company's existing SMTP (simple mail transfer protocol) infrastructure to send alert information.
For example, administrators could use the tool to see which of their systems were targeted by a virus such as Bugbear, or indicate if there were systems that were more targeted than others, Belthoff said.
EM Reporter was available as a free upgrade for existing Sophos Enterprise Manager suite and would be sold to new customers as a standard part of the Enterprise Manager product, he said.