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Fudo Security vs Ekran System

Ekran System and Fudo Security address insider risks through distinct approaches and with varying emphasis on specific aspects of security. In this Fudo Security and Ekran System comparison, we will delve into the unique features of Ekran System vs Fudo Security to help you make an informed decision based on your organization’s specific security needs and priorities.

Product review: Summary

Fudo Security is a cybersecurity solution provider that places a strong emphasis on privileged access management (PAM). By focusing on privileged users and their activities, Fudo Security aims to prevent unauthorized access and minimize the risk of insider abuse. Fudo Security offers two solutions: Fudo One for startups and SMBs, and Fudo Enterprise for larger organizations.

Fudo Security alternative, Ekran System, is cybersecurity software that offers a full-cycle approach to insider risk management. Ekran System covers every aspect of addressing insider threats, from prevention and detection to response and mitigation. It’s a scalable platform that suits organizations of any size looking for a comprehensive insider risk management solution with robust user activity monitoring, privileged access management (PAM), and incident response capabilities.

General Overview


 

Description

Cybersecurity solution with a focus on privileged access management

Cybersecurity solution with a focus on privileged access management

Full-cycle insider risk management platform

Target audience

Startups and SMBs

Enterprises

Organizations of all sizes

Technical approach

  • Agentless deployment
  • Jump server deployment
  • Cloud deployment
  • Agentless deployment
  • Jump server deployment
  • Deployment in virtual environments
  • Agent-based deployment
  • Jump server deployment
  • Cloud deployment (SaaS)
  • Deployment in virtual environments
  • Multi-tenancy support

Maintenance

  • Manual control panel updates
  • Manual control panel updates
  • System health monitoring
  • Manual control panel updates
  • System health monitoring
  • Centralized endpoint client updates
  • 24/7 support

Integrations

  • Ticketing systems (version 5.4 and lower)
  • Ticketing systems
  • Active Directory
  • Microsoft Power BI
  • SIEM (ArcSight, Splunk, and IBM QRadar)

Compliance support

PCI DSS, SOX, HIPAA, NIST, GDPR, ISA/IEC 62443

PCI DSS, SOX, HIPAA, NIST, GDPR, ISA/IEC 62443

ISO 27001, PCI DSS, SWIFT CSP, SOX, FISMA, GDPR, NIST 800-53, NIST 800-171, NERC, GLBA, SOC 2, HIPAA, DORA, NIS2

Price

Subscription-based (fixed price per user)

Subscription-based

Subscription-based

Licensing

  • Per user
  • Per user
  • Several licensing tiers
  • Per endpoint
  • Several licensing tiers
  • Floating licenses

Fudo One is suitable for small businesses that need to monitor up to 100 users or 100 servers. Fudo Enterprise caters to big companies. What sets Fudo Security apart from its competitors is that both options offer per-user licensing — Fudo One has a fixed monthly price per user, whereas Fudo Enterprise offers flexible pricing options depending on your company’s needs.

The main differences between Fudo Security and Ekran System lie in their architectural models.

Fudo One

is deployed by uploading the OVA/OVF file to your virtualization tool and running the Fudo One instance on your browser.

Fudo Enterprise

is a gateway-based solution, delivered as hardware or a virtual appliance. Fudo Enterprise offers two deployment models: bridge mode and forced routing.

In bridge mode, Fudo Enterprise mediates communication between users and servers. Fudo Enterprise preserves the source IP address when forwarding requests to destination servers. 

When using the forced routing model, only administrative requests are routed through Fudo Enterprise; the rest of the traffic is forwarded directly to the destination server.

Ekran System

is an agent-based solution, i.e., an agent installed on an endpoint sends monitored data to the server. The software agent is protected from deinstallation, process interruption, and editing by regular users.

For more versatility and cost efficiency, Ekran System also offers gateway-based deployment, with a monitoring agent installed on a single jump server.

The crucial advantage of Ekran System’s agent-based deployment is the ability to continue operating even when your internet connection is lost. The Ekran System software agent collects monitoring data 24/7 in a secure storage location and sends it to central storage once the connection is restored.

In addition, Ekran System offers a multi-tenant mode that allows multiple tenants to operate within a single Ekran System environment. The data of each tenant is isolated and not accessible to other tenants.

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Monitoring


User activity monitoring

Real-time playback of live sessions

User session recording

Screen capture recording

Metadata collection

Audio records of input and output streams

Continuous monitoring / offline mode

User data anonymization

AES 256 encryption of monitoring data

User session export

User activity reports

User productivity reports

User activity monitoring

Real-time playback of live sessions

User session recording

Screen capture recording (partial)

Metadata collection

Audio records of input and output streams

Continuous monitoring / offline mode

User data anonymization

AES 256 encryption of monitoring data

User session export

User activity reports

User productivity reports

User activity monitoring

Real-time playback of live sessions

User session recording

Screen capture recording (partial)

Metadata collection

Audio records of input and output streams

Continuous monitoring / offline mode

User data anonymization

AES 256 encryption of monitoring data

User session export

User activity reports

User productivity reports

The difference in architecture determines the differences between Fudo Security and Ekran System’s approach to user activity monitoring.

Fudo One and Fudo Enterprise record network traffic and gather the following data on privileged user activity:

  • mouse pointer movement
  • file transfers

By default, the session player displays raw text without graphical representation. If you choose a non-raw format, network traffic and metadata aren’t recorded.

Ekran System provides more comprehensive user activity monitoring functionality — the platform records each user session in an indexed screen capture format, allowing you to view everything a user does on the monitor.

With that, you get additional metadata on user activity such as:

  • launched applications
  • visited URLs
  • executed commands
  • typed keystrokes and clipboard data
  • opened windows
  • connected USB devices

Ekran System has a built-in watchdog mechanism, making it impossible for users to delete the agent and interrupt the recording process.

Reporting


Сollecting and storing user activity logs and other data is crucial for organizations. If a cybersecurity event occurs, this data may be required for further analysis, investigations, and forensic activities.

Fudo One lacks reporting capabilities, whereas Fudo Enterprise offers pre-defined and on-demand reports with statistics on user access sessions. These reports are also suitable for forensic analysis.

Ekran System also allows security officers to investigate security incidents — encrypted data from user sessions or their fragments can be exported for forensic activities.

Ekran System provides more than 20 types of detailed reports on user activity. This functionality enables organizations to generate ad hoc reports manually or schedule reports to be generated automatically. In addition, Ekran System can be integrated with Microsoft Power BI to provide organizations with interactive user activity dashboards. 

Productivity monitoring


Productivity monitoring allows organizations to track employee activity, optimize workflow processes, and identify areas for improvement.

Fudo Enterprise provides session analysis reports with user activity ratings, where non-productive time is defined as a lack of any activity after 60 seconds have elapsed.

Ekran System offers productivity dashboards on:

  • Total active time vs idle time
  • Top applications used
  • Top websites used
  • User productivity.

Access management


Privileged access management (PAM)

Password management

Secret management

One-time passwords

Administrator’s approval on login

Access approval via a mobile app

Two-factor authentication

Secondary authentication

Privileged access management (PAM)

Password management

Secret management

One-time passwords

Administrator’s approval on login

Access approval via a mobile app

Two-factor authentication

Secondary authentication

Privileged access management (PAM)

Password management

Secret management

One-time passwords

Administrator’s approval on login

Access approval via a mobile app

Two-factor authentication

Secondary authentication

When viewing Fudo One, Fudo Enterprise, and Ekran System from the perspective of identity and access management, all three solutions offer strong access control features: two-factor authentication, manual login approvals, and one-time passwords.

Both Ekran System and Fudo Enterprise allow you to manage secrets such as Windows admin passwords, Active Directory secrets, and SSH keys. This functionality can help you secure the creation, storage, delivery, and rotation of credentials.

Fudo Enterprise has a slight edge over Ekran System in terms of more flexible access approval. It has a dedicated mobile app called Fudo Officer 1.0 that allows administrators to manage user access requests while on the go.

Ekran System wins in the secure identification of users of shared accounts. The platform allows you to ensure that each user accessing a shared account is uniquely authenticated by requesting them to enter their secondary credential. This feature is called secondary authentication and it promotes accountability for user actions within joint accounts.

Ekran System also offers several additional security features including password rotation, password checkout, and time-based user access restrictions.

Incident response


Real-time alerts on user activity

Customization of alerts

Warning messages for a user

Terminating a process

Blocking a user

Blocking a USB device

User behavior analytics

Real-time alerts on user activity

Customization of alerts

Warning messages for a user

Terminating a process

Blocking a user

Blocking a USB device

User behavior analytics

Real-time alerts on user activity

Customization of alerts

Warning messages for a user

Terminating a process

Blocking a user

Blocking a USB device

User behavior analytics

Fudo Enterprise has AI-powered user behavior analytics and can react on unusual user activity. For example, the software can detect when a suspicious user has logged in based on their mouse and keyboard biometrics. In response, security officers can review the session in real-time and pause the connection, terminate the connection, or block the user.

Ekran System has a comprehensive alert system with a range of automated responses. The platform allows you to receive custom or predefined alerts on suspicious user activity. By default, Ekran System can send alerts on:

  • fraudulent activity
  • data leakage
  • potentially illicit activity
  • non-work-related activity.

The platform also has a built-in AI-powered module that creates a baseline for normal user behavior and can detect unusual user activity like working outside of regular hours.

When a potential threat is detected, Ekran System can respond to it automatically or allow security teams to take proper actions manually:

  • display a warning message to the user
  • block the user
  • terminate the process.

Conclusion

Insider risk management is crucial for protecting sensitive data, and both Ekran System and Fudo Security solutions offer extensive capabilities for protecting your organization against insider threats.

For organizations considering Fudo Security or Ekran System, it’s important to note that Fudo Security’s advantage lies in its AI-powered breach prevention functionality, while Ekran System outperforms the competitor with its comprehensive user activity monitoring capabilities, extensive reporting options, and customizable incident response scenarios. For organizations evaluating alternatives to Fudo Security, Ekran System provides greater insight into user actions with screen captures and detailed metadata.

In addition, Ekran System’s agent-based deployment ensures monitoring even without internet connectivity, which makes it slightly superior for organizations seeking 24/7 insider threat protection.

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