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Business: Seartec Trading Implement SystemSkan System


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Seartec Trading (Pty) Ltd, representing SHARP Electronics, has announced that it has successfully implemented SystemSkan across its 13 branches countrywide and is realising a good return on investment. Local SystemSkan distributor J2 Software rolled-out the SystemSkan in a record breaking two weeks and the solution has now been running successfully for more than two years.

SystemSkan is an internal security management system that is focused on policy enforcement by tracking and controlling all user activity on a computer network. The solution provides the ability to view, record and restrict activities including Internet, e-mail, instant messaging and application-specific activities. Seartec IT Manager Immo Steffens says they decided on SystemSkan because itnot only offered a powerful IT policy enforcement tool, but also covered other areas of its requirement with the additional utilities offered by thesystem.

"SystemSkan has changed the way Seartec enforces and controls its internal IT Security Policy. The Company has noticed marked benefits from using this application, users no longer play games during office hours since various business rules were set up to prevent these time wasting activities from taking place." SystemSkan is an internal security management system that is focused on policy enforcement by tracking and controlling all user activity on a computer network. It provides the ability to monitor, control and report onthe activities of individuals or groups of users both reactively and proactively.

Administrators have the ability to view, record and restrict individual activities, including document access, application usage, Web mail, and Internet activities. "SystemSkan allows us to effectively monitor, restrict and control the activities of individuals or groups of users, thereby enforcing company security policies across our organisation. It also prevents users from using USB storage devices and CD's, stopping unwanted or pirated software and music from being introduced to the network and also helps prevent the leakage of sensitive company information via these avenues," he explains.

In addition, SystemSkan also includes network utilities such as remote control administration, messaging and task scheduling. SystemSkan is a simple tool to enforce your IT policy, increase productivity and cut bandwidth costs. J2 Software managing director John Mc Loughlin says, unlike basic monitoring products that only provide a report reactively once a security breach has occurred, SystemSkan also provides proactive security features. "This proactive functionality prevents policy breaches before they occur bycontinually and automatically screening all activity, and can be configured to prevent inappropriate activities or lock users' PCs when the company's policy has been broken."

Steffens says since implementing SystemSkan, company data is more secure. "Furthermore, hardware and software audits are more efficient and easy to conduct; virus-prone Internet based e-mail is blocked; and the global messaging facility eases some administration overheads by reaching every online user, irrespective of the application being used."

"J2 Software provided full administrator and technical training to Seartec staff and they continue to support us as the need arises. Seartec has 13 offices and distribution centers, with a total of 230 users on the system,"says Steffens. Since the initial installation, it was decided to move the administration of the solution and IT policy to the respective regions. The solution is now managed in Cape Town for the coastal regions and Johannesburg for inland, and runs on separate servers.

"The implementation was done very professionally and the concept of train the trainer was used, allowing us to be self sufficient. J2 Software also continually keeps us informed of upgrades," he concludes.

For more information contact J2 Software on (011) 794 2537 or email

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