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Pearl Echo Suite

Summary
Pearl Echo enables organizations to set user-level monitoring and Internet access policies in a client-server, server-centric and peer-to-peer computing environment. Pearl Echo Employee Internet Monitoring, Filtering, and Control software monitors each user’s web browsing, file transfers, news, chat, e-mail and instant messaging. Pearl Echo’s proven capabilities extend beyond standard Internet mail to include management of Microsoft Exchange mail and Novell Groupwise. Pearl Echo also monitors keywords and phrases to protect against the dissemination of confidential information in web postings, blogs, im, e-mail and even in encoded e-mail attachments.

With a click of a mouse, Pearl Echo allows you to easily view how much time users are spending online. For in-depth analysis, Pearl Echo includes an enterprise-class report manager with a Quick-Link™ feature that automatically links to visited web sites and restores all text from outbound and inbound e-mail, im and news group postings. The Pearl Echo Report Manager consists of over seventy five standard reports that can be customized and run interactively or be scheduled for automatic generation and distribution based on your existing Directory users and groups.

Pearl Echo’s powerful Mobility Monitor™ accommodates customers who are concerned about the continuity of their Internet usage policies extending beyond the company’s internal network. Pearl Echo also caters to thick or thin client workstations in a Terminal Services and Citrix MetaFrame environment. Pear Echo’s flexible design ensures simple deployment yet can handle your most complex and evolving network infrastructures.

Benefits
Forrester Research finds that one in every 10 Web sites is infected with malware.

Dow Chemical fires 24 employees and disciplines hundreds of others for storing and sending sexual or violent images on the company's computers.

Chevron Corporation monitors its employees' visits to cyber space; 46% were irrelevant to their jobs.

While businesses weigh the pros and cons of hooking their employees up to the Internet, executives are taking notice of Internet abuse. Employee Internet misuse and abuse is on the rise leading to computer-related firings and a growing climate of corporate misunderstanding and mistrust. Accessing pornography, chatting, gambling, investing and online shopping are the leading causes for disciplinary action or termination. Major concerns for managers are legal liability, security and reduced worker productivity. The latest business trends show a rise in the number of wrongful termination suits based upon an employer's inability to support accusations of Internet abuse or not having a clear Internet Acceptable Use Policy in place.

Pearl Echo Benefits
.. Increases productivity by reducing nonproductive Internet usage

.. Ensures a positive environment by eliminating inappropriate Internet use

.. Reduces the risk of unauthorized transactions and communication of sensitive data

.. Increases management's awareness by providing informative reports that are automatically generated and distributed

.. Preserves access bandwidth for planned and intended use

.. Simplifies administration by creating custom Internet access profiles based on existing Directory groups and users

.. Maintains accountability by sensing access violations and archiving information for future retrieval

.. Supports your Acceptable Use Policy and allows you to display your standards if a user does not adhere to your policy.

.. Categorizes surfing habits and provides insight into the amount of time and cost users spend on the web


System Requirements

Server Hardware Recommendations (Administration Machine)
A Windows server or workstation with an IP address or Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) that can be directly or indirectly (NAT) accessed by the workstations you intend to monitor.
Minimal hardware specifications for optimal performance (250 users) include:
Pentium 4, 2.4 GHz processor or greater
1 GB RAM
At least 1 GB of free disk space
Operating Systems Compatibility
Windows Server 2008
Windows Server 2003, including SP1
Windows Vista‡
Windows XP Professional
Windows 2000 SP4 (Professional or Server)
Windows NT 4 SP6a (Workstation or Server)
Microsoft SQL Server (Optional)
Workstations

Agent Workstation Hardware Requirements
Processor and Memory as specified by minimum Operating System requirements.
At least 5 MB of available disk space.
Agent Workstation Operating System Compatibility
Citrix Server, Microsoft Terminal Server
Windows Vista, XP, 2000 SP4, NT 4.0 SP6a
Windows ME, 98, 98SE
Windows 95 with Microsoft’s Winsock2 (included)
Additional System Requirements
If you would like to evaluate Echo Filters™, Pearl Echo’s web category filtering and reporting feature, please ensure that the Microsoft .Net Framework is installed on your Pearl Echo Server. You can obtain the latest .Net Framework from Microsoft or directly from the “Custom” option of your Windows Update utility.

Note: Installing and running server software on Windows Vista should be done with elevated privileges or with User Account Control disabled.


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