Software monitors employees' Internet surfing

Surfing the Internet during business hours may become a pastime of the past, with a new release launched by SurfControl, the Internet Access Management division of JSB Corp. SurfControl Scout the Internet Monitor for Managers will passively monitor network traffic from a Microsoft NT-based workstation or server without any performance impact, according to the company. SurfControl Scout works when a user makes a connection to the Internet, and information is then captured and recorded in a database.

Surfing the Internet during business hours may become a pastime of the past, with a new release launched by SurfControl, the Internet Access Management division of JSB Corp.

SurfControl Scout the Internet Monitor for Managers will passively monitor network traffic from a Microsoft NT-based workstation or server without any performance impact, according to the company. SurfControl Scout works when a user makes a connection to the Internet, and information is then captured and recorded in a database.

SurfControl Scout has signed up for NCSA SIFT (Secure Internet Filtering Technology) certification. Company officials expect approval sometime next month.

SurfControl Scout does not need to be installed on client workstations. All Internet protocols can be optionally monitored. Monitoring can be done for the whole network or a portion thereof, a department or an individual with the ability to work on Ethernet and Token Ring networks with support for DHCP, WINS and IP addressing.

Pricing begins at US$US99 for 20 users to $US999 for unlimited users.

Scotts Valley, California-based SurfControl can be reached on the World Wide Web at http://www.surfcontrol.com/.

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