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Insider Risk Management Solution Comparison

Ekran System® vs Forcepoint

Insider risk management (IRM) software helps organizations prevent and mitigate security incidents originating with employees, contractors, partners, and other people with access to corporate IT infrastructure. While they all ultimately serve the same purpose, different IRM solutions often vary in their functionality and approach to managing insider risks.

In this comprehensive product review, we provide a Forcepoint and Ekran System comparison. We offer insightful analysis to help you decide which of the two is the optimal fit for your organization’s specific insider risk management needs and objectives.

Product review: Summary

Forcepoint offers a data-first security approach against insider threats and other security challenges. By prioritizing the protection of sensitive information, Forcepoint aims to enable organizations to bolster their cybersecurity posture, particularly in the face of a distributed workforce. Forcepoint offers various cybersecurity products that address cloud security, endpoint protection, and zero-trust network access.

Ekran System is a full-cycle insider risk management platform that empowers organizations with the tools necessary to deter, detect, and disrupt insider threats. With robust features for monitoring user activity, managing access to sensitive resources, and handling insider security incidents, Ekran System is dedicated to fortifying organizations’ defense against human-driven risks.

General overview


When comparing Forcepoint vs. Ekran System, it’s crucial to consider their different approaches to insider risk management and cybersecurity. Ekran System adopts a human-centric approach, focusing on different aspects of user activity and its context. Forcepoint, on the other hand, uses a data-centric approach to cybersecurity, analyzing data usage and movement.

While both products offer insider threat mitigation, insider risk management is Ekran System’s specialty and core strength. Forcepoint has a broader scope, offering additional solutions to detect and respond to external threats and malware.

Finally, Ekran System and Forcepoint differ in product structure. Ekran System is a single comprehensive platform with a wide range of IRM functionalities. In turn, Forcepoint offers a variety of standalone products, each tailored to address specific cybersecurity needs.

Here’s a summary of the Forcepoint and Ekran System differences and similarities.

Description

Data-first secure access service edge (SASE) solution

Full-cycle insider risk management platform

Target audience

Businesses of all sizes

Businesses of all sizes

Technical approach

Both agent-based and agentless (depending on the product)

Agent-based software

Supported platforms

  • Windows
  • macOS
  • Linux
  • Android
  • iOS
  • Windows
  • macOS
  • Linux
  • Citrix
  • Unix
  • X Window System

Maintenance

  • Auto-updates of some of the products on certain machines
  • Tier-based support
  • Manual control panel updates
  • Automated software agent updates
  • Free 24/7 support

Price

Subscription-based

Subscription-based

Both Forcepoint and Ekran System offer cybersecurity solutions for businesses of all sizes, from small to mid-size to large enterprises. Since Forcepoint offers a variety of products, organizations may need to purchase many different products to cover all of their security needs.

As for deployment, depending on the product you purchase, Forcepoint provides either agent-based or agentless deployment, while Ekran System’s software is agent-based. Agentless systems may be easy to deploy, but they offer less data collection. An installed agent can gather more information about user sessions. Agent-based deployment also allows Ekran System to continue monitoring and collecting data even when the internet connection is lost. Thus, for those considering agent-based Forcepoint alternatives, Ekran System may be the right choice.

Ekran System’s software agents are lightweight and don’t interfere with users’ work or other programs. The agents can be installed remotely in batches, so you can have Ekran System active in your IT environment within 20 minutes.

Ekran System provides great flexibility in terms of deployment options. It can be deployed as SaaS, on-premise, or in hybrid environments. You can also integrate Ekran System into cloud environments like Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services.

The multi-tenant mode within Ekran System can cover the requirements of different teams within large organizations. This mode allows each tenant to customize the data collection process according to their specific needs while ensuring that their collected data remains isolated and inaccessible to other tenants.

Functionality


Monitoring

  • Continuous user behavior monitoring with risky user prioritization
  • Real-time visibility over data movement across networks, endpoints, and cloud (DLP)
  • Screen capture recording of local and remote user sessions
  • Extensive collection of supplementary metadata

Incident response

  • UEBA
  • utomated policy enforcement
  • Rule-based alerts on suspicious user activity
  • Real-time automated and manual incident response

Reporting

  • Built-in reporting engine
  • Advanced built-in reporting engine
  • Session export for forensic investigation

Identity and access management

  • Identity-based access management
  • Contextual access management
  • Robust identity management capabilities
  • Lightweight access management

Integrations

  • SIEM
  • Active Directory
  • SSO
  • Open API for custom integrations
  • Cloud Access Security Brokers
  • SIEM
  • Active Directory
  • SSO
  • Open API for custom integrations
  • Ticketing systems
  • Microsoft Power BI

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Monitoring


On-screen activity monitoring

Session recording

Metadata collection

User session export

File activity monitoring (DLP)

Email monitoring

USB device management

Recording of input and output audio streams

Real-time playback of live sessions (partial)

Continuous monitoring / offline mode (on endpoints with installed agents)

Monitored user data pseudonymization

User productivity dashboards

Data storage optimization

On-screen activity monitoring

Session recording

Metadata collection

User session export

File activity monitoring (DLP)

Email monitoring

USB device management

Recording of input and output audio streams

Real-time playback of live sessions (partial)

Continuous monitoring / offline mode (on endpoints with installed agents)

Monitored user data pseudonymization

User productivity dashboards

Data storage optimization

  • launched applications
  • opened windows
  • typed keystrokes
  • clipboard operations
  • connected USB devices
  • executed commands (for Linux)

Ekran System also allows organizations to record input and output audio streams. When audio recording is enabled, Ekran System records all input and output sounds within web browsers (for example, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome) as well as communication applications (such as Skype and Zoom).

Both Forcepoint and Ekran System offer data pseudonymization to protect the privacy of user data collected during the monitoring process. Ekran System replaces user logins and device names with aliases, ensuring that specific users cannot be identified in the logs. If needed for incident investigation purposes, de-pseudonymization is possible but only upon admin approval.

Incident response and reporting


Live session view

Real-time alerts

Customization of alerts

Manual incident response

Automated incident response

Warning messages for users

UEBA

Blocking USB devices

Built-in reports

Scheduled and ad hoc reports

Microsoft Power BI integration

Session export in a tamper-proof format

Live session view

Real-time alerts

Customization of alerts

Manual incident response

Automated incident response

Warning messages for users

UEBA

Blocking USB devices

Built-in reports

Scheduled and ad hoc reports

Microsoft Power BI integration

Session export in a tamper-proof format

Both Forcepoint and Ekran System allow organizations to gather user activity data for incident investigation and reporting. The difference between Forcepoint and Ekran System is that the latter offers integration with Microsoft Power BI in addition to built-in reports. Further, Ekran System allows organizations to export evidence in a tamper-proof format for forensic investigations.

Access management


Privileged access management

Privileged account and session management

Password management

Multi-factor authentication

One-time passwords

Administrator approval upon login

Push notifications

Security questions

Secondary authentication

Time-based access restrictions

Privileged access management

Privileged account and session management

Password management

Multi-factor authentication

One-time passwords

Administrator approval upon login

Push notifications

Security questions

Secondary authentication

Time-based access restrictions

Ekran System gives organizations granular control over the access rights of both regular and privileged users. It provides a comprehensive set of tools for managing privileged access, accounts, and sessions. Additionally, Ekran System offers password management capabilities for secure storage and use of authentication secrets and their timely rotation.

Conclusion

Both Forcepoint and Ekran System provide reliable solutions for insider risk management. The choice between Forcepoint or Ekran System depends on your organization’s needs. In general, if you’re seeking a product with DLP features or functionality that goes beyond insider risk management, Forcepoint might be a viable choice.

In contrast, Ekran System is a great choice for organizations looking for a dedicated solution with extensive user activity monitoring, privileged user access management, and incident investigation capabilities allowing the implementation of a human-focused approach to IRM.

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