Enterprise Monitoring Software Comparison

 

This page will provide detailed comparison of user monitoring tools, in particular those, which use user session video recording as the main security data format. Besides general information, you can find a feature-to-feature competitor comparison in the table below.

 

Ekran System vs competitors

 

The main competing players in the market segment of user session recording for security visibility are Observeit, Balabit, and Netwrix.

 

Ekran System vs Observeit.Ekran System is considered among the direct Observeit competitors, especially on the SMB market. Covering the core functionality of Observeit product and adding some unique features, Ekran System offers a much more flexible price scheme with client-only licensing, thus its cost structure is definitely more affordable than the Observeit price.

 

Ekran System vs Netwrix. Ekran System is one of Netwrix competitors when it comes to user activity monitoring tasks. The solution provides more details on recorded video as well as valuable features of real-time alerts on suspicious events and live session viewing. In particular, Ekran System ensures detailed Internet activity monitoring and analysis with its visited URL logging that accompanies video. Netwrix pricing for overall user activity monitoring is less affordable than the Ekran System deployment cost.

 

Ekran System vs Balabit.All three previously mentioned solutions are software-based Balabit alternatives. The latter is a hardware-based solution and provides user session video recording functionality. Working as a network proxy, Balabit can provide fewer details surrounding user activity as compared to the agent-based software and naturally do not support local session monitoring and offline recording.

 

Ekran System vs SpectorSoft. Ekran System can be considered as an alternative to such employee monitoring solutions as Spector 360 (now Veriato 360) and Teramind. Instead of multiple independent activity reports, Ekran System gives you integrated video logs of all employee sessions, easy to understand and searchable by multiple parameters. Ekran System is a universal solution that allows you to record not only Windows-based but also Linux-based end-points and provides basic incident response toolset, which is an important addition according to many expert employee monitoring software reviews.

 

Ekran System is an efficient replacement of Citrix SmartAuditor. It provides much more than just session video recording as it also allows for easy search and supports Linux and Windows servers and desktops.

 

Read also:

 

Observeit vs Balabit vs Ekran System

Spector 360 vs Observeit vs Ekran System

Centrify vs Observeit vs Ekran System

CyberArk vs Observeit vs Ekran System

Balabit vs Wallix vs Ekran System

Netwrix vs Observeit vs Ekran System

Cyberark vs Lieberman vs Ekran System

Review the detailed user monitoring software comparison

 

Feature Ekran System ObserveIT Balabit Netwrix Auditor Veriato 360 (ex. Spector 360)
Licensing model and affordability
Flexible endpoint-based licensing + - - - +
Easy endpoint license re-assigning + - - - -
Free embedded database support + - + - -
Commercial database support + + - + +
Average deployment cost * *** **** ** **
Monitored platforms
Windows XP / Server 2003 + - + - -
Windows Vista and higher, up to Windows 10 / Server 2012 R2 + + + + +
Linux / Unix (Telnet and Console sessions) + + + - -
Infrastructure coverage
Record any session on terminal server (RDP, LogMeIn, radmin) + + + + +
Record any local session + + - + +
Agnostic to network protocol and client application + + + + +
Deployment
Easy deployment + - - - -
Remote installation/uninstallation of Clients + - NA + +
System Management
Custom user management and Windows AD integrated user management + + + + +
Customizable user permissions + + + + +
Quotation of disk space available for records + + + + -
Management via Web console + + + - -
View monitoring results via Web console + + + - -
Basic recording and incident response functionality
Video replay of every session + + + + +
Real-time playback for live sessions + + + - +
Multi-monitor recording  + + - - +
Real-time alerts + + + +
USB device blocking + - - - -
User blocking + + - -
Policy-based (selective) recording
By user name + + + + +
By computer + + + + +
By active windows title + + - + -
By application name + + - + + (omitting)
By URL  + + - - + (omitting)
By events + + + - -
By set frequency + + - + +
Recording includes:
Keylogging + + + - +
Clipboard + + - - +
Index by Active window title + + + + +
Index by Active application name + + - + +
Host name + + + + +
User name + + + + +
Date/time + + + + +
Visited URLs + + + - +
IP associated with a host + + + - -
Remote IP of the remote desktop + + + - -
Logging all USB device connections + - - - -
Logging USB mass storages connections + + - - +
Magnifier option (zoom in screenshot regions) + + + - -
Searching, Reports and Export
Search by metainfo + + + + +
Basic activity reports + + + + +
On-demand (manual) reports + + + + +
Scheduled auto-generated reports with mailing + + + + +
Interactive System Dashboards + + + + +
Saving session in encrypted format (forensic) + + + - -
Export screenshots to external formats + - - +
User messaging 
Deliver policy rules to the users by messaging + + - + +
Request user action acknowledgement + + - - -
Access Management
Second layer of authentication / individualization for shared logins on Windows clients + + + - -
Second layer of authentication / individualization for shared logins on Linux/UNIX clients + + + - -
One-time passwords + - - - -
Multi-factor authentication + - + - -
Manual login approval + - + - -
Solution work and security
Efficient data storage (minimal disk space utilization) + + + + -
Encrypted network channel + + + + +
Signing monitoring data with certificate + + + - -
Minimal agent CPU utilization + (<5%) + NA + +
Watchdog mechanism + + NA + +
Uninstall driver-level self-protection + - NA - -
Agent auto-updating + - NA + -
Audit trail for system users + + + + +
SIEM system integration + + + + +
Ticket system integration + + + + -