Project Blackbeard, a content tool from SurfControl, claims to offer IT managers the ability to monitor applications being used by employees.
The tool manages unauthorised instant messaging and peer-to-peer use, and can also block or allow communications down to the IM client or P2P network level, as well as blocking or allowing communications down to the individual or group-based IP address, offering customisable policy violation notifications based on each IM client and compatibility with the Windows 2000 platform.
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SurfControl spokesperson Pam Small said the company's customers have said that unauthorised communications pose the same risks as unmanaged web filtering and e-mail, and they have voiced concerns that ranged from security to network bandwidth.
"When you look at the size of some of these files, and when you have 500 employees in a typical company, you’re talking an excess of 200 e-mails an hour. That’s quite a strain on your network resources."
SurfControl aims to release Project Blackbeard in June.
SurfControl is on the Web at www.surfcontrol.com