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Ni Enterprise Provides New Reporting on the threats of Portable Media Devices

12th July 2006 · Press Releases

Netintelligence, the leading hosted security service solution provider, has announced today that it has incorporated a new management report into its unrivalled web based Central Control Centre.

With effect from today customers can now create a report which details installed and connected devices to a workstation/laptop’s USB (Universal Serial Bus) ports.

The report which can be customised to include either individual machines, groups or the organisation as a whole provides details of the type of device, when it was connected and disconnected. As with all the existing Ni Enterprise Reports, this report can be produced to provide a snapshot of any given time period between the current time period and the previous 90 days. A sample report format is provided below.

Monday 10th July 2006 until Tuesday 11th July 2006 between 7:00 and 20:00

Machine: TEST MACHINE 0306

ATRAC HDD (SONY ATRAC HDD PA 1.00) – Connected 10 Jul 2006 10:36

ATRAC HDD (SONY ATRAC HDD PA 1.00) – Disconnected 10 Jul 2006 11:02

ATRAC HDD (SONY ATRAC HDD PA 1.00) – Connected 10 Jul 2006 13:56

ATRAC HDD (SONY ATRAC HDD PA 1.00) – Disconnected 10 Jul 2006 14:24

The Ni Enterprise Manager Central Control Centre provides all clients with an online reporting and management control facility that can be accessed from any internet connected PC at any time. All the data that populates the reports is gathered in real time from every machine that Ni Enterprise is installed upon within the organisation – providing real time management information at the click of a mouse.

A company spokesman stated: “The USB port is now recognised as a key threat to the overall security of an organisation. Whether it is the removal of sensitive company information or the introduction of a virus infected file via a memory stick, there can be no doubt that an organisation is potentially exposed to a serious security breach. The problem with the USB port is that because many common and critical business devices utilise them – cameras, PDAs, printers etc – that simply disabling them on a blanket scale is counter productive.”

The Ni Enterprise USB device report provides organisations with the information required for their IT departments to make informed decisions on the type of devices that are commonly used for business as usual activities, and those which should be outlawed. Once the use of USB devices has been incorporated into an organisation’s Acceptable Usage Policy, Ni Enterprise Manager can be set to monitor and enforce the policy.

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