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THIRD-PARTY VENDOR SECURITY MONITORING SOLUTION

Monitor activity. Manage privileged access. Respond to incidents. All-in-one

The challenge

While the term “corporate infrastructure insider” is frequently used to refer to in-house employees, there’s one more category of users with access to corporate infrastructure — those who work for third-party organizations providing professional outsourcing services.

These organizations can be:

  • Managed service providers (MSPs), in particular, managed security service providers (MSSPs)
  • IT outsourcing service providers, frequently referred to as IT providers
  • Remote third-party vendors
  • Independent auditors and experts

These people can administer your databases, configure and maintain your servers and critical applications, monitor security perimeters, test system vulnerability, and perform other important tasks to ensure business continuity.

Due to their roles and tasks, they have privileged access to critical endpoints and are in touch with sensitive information.

Why you need a third-party vendor monitoring and auditing solution

Universal protection across operating systems and network architectures

Meet compliance requirements

IT provider monitoring and remote third-party vendor management and auditing are essential parts of overall risk management and regulatory compliance.

All insider threat protection functionality in a single platform

Control critical system configurations

Outsourced administrative service providers can change the configuration of critical systems, and thus their actions need to be monitored closely.

Comprehensive base for any internal investigation

Make it part of internal security policies

Outsourcing service providers have access to the enterprise protected perimeter and, naturally, third-party monitoring tools should be part of a company’s security strategy.

Big-deployment friendly

Secure your sensitive information

Outsourcing staff can access, modify, or even delete sensitive data. Third-party security monitoring is crucial to ensure data security.

A comprehensive subcontractor security solution

Continuous 3rd party monitoring

Ekran System® meets all of a company’s needs by setting up third-party vendor security monitoring processes.

The solution can be easily deployed on critical endpoints, providing visibility with the help of detailed video logs of any SSH and RDP sessions by third-party service providers.

You can configure Ekran System® to record sessions by all users or only sessions by selected usernames or IP addresses, allowing you to focus on 3rd party monitoring.

Due to the typically escalated privileges of such third-party providers, MSP monitoring software and third-party security monitoring services must provide a comprehensive set of privileged user activity control features. Ekran System® does just that:

Third-party identity verification

Third-party identity verification

As subcontractor sessions are typically remote, thorough identity verification for each connection is crucial. Ekran System equips your team with:

Third-party access control

Ekran System® third-party access security solutions provide granular access control:

  • Terminal Server clients deliver a complete privileged account and session management (PASM) tool set for granting and managing temporary access.
  • One-time passwords can be used for the most critical endpoints or emergency access.
  • For the most high-risk scenarios, you can set up access request and approval workflow.
  • Ticketing system integration allows you to implement purpose-based access.

Real-time alerts and activity reports

When an IT provider or third-party vendor performs an abnormal or security-critical action, your team will be notified and provided with context of the incident so they can respond immediately.

Besides real-time alerting on potentially dangerous actions within sessions, the system can also notify your security team when a session is being established by specific users or from specific IPs. Critical alerts can trigger automated incident response actions, such as terminating a session or blocking a user.

Various general user activity reports make it even simpler and more efficient to monitor IT providers and third parties.

Get more with an enterprise-grade third-party security solution

Low total cost of ownership

Low total cost of ownership

Combining powerful MSP and third-party vendor control features, Ekran System offers flexible licensing while remaining cost-effective for deployments of any size.

Lightweight software agent and highly optimized formats for storing data

Lightweight software agent and optimized formats for storing data

The lightweight agent works silently and isn’t noticeable to users or other programs. Collected data is saved in searchable and highly optimized formats.

Active in your environment in 20 minutes or less

Active in your environment in 20 minutes or less

Ekran System is quick to install and easily integrates with SIEM and ticketing systems. You’ll get a ready-to-use solution right after a coffee break.

Enterprise-ready

Enterprise-ready

The platform includes enterprise-ready features such as support for multi-tenant deployments, high availability, advanced archiving, SIEM, and ticketing system integration.

Ekran System® provides universal third-party vendor security for any network architecture, including hybrid.

The most complete set of supported platforms

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Ekran System® integrations

Ekran System can be easily integrated with your current infrastructure and supports all leading SIEM and ticketing systems.

THIRD-PARTY MONITORING MADE EASY. CUSTOMER STORY.

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FAQ

What is user activity monitoring?

User activity monitoring software allows you to track user activity within your corporate network, across devices, and throughout your entire IT infrastructure. With user activity tracking tools, you can identify which applications, sites, and data users access and how they interact with them.

 

With a user activity monitoring solution, you can strengthen your current cybersecurity, protect confidential data from malicious users, and enhance insider risk management.

Why do I need to monitor user activity in my organization?

The goal of implementing a user activity tracking application is to prevent insider threats. Using activity tracking software, you can identify suspicious activity and reduce the risk of a cybersecurity incident. You can also use such software to track employees’ active and idle time to monitor employee performance.

 

Main reasons to monitor user activities:

 

  • 1. Secure sensitive information
  • 2. Reduce the risk of insider threats
  • 3. Ensure that users stick to cybersecurity policies
  • 4. Increase employee productivity
  • 5. Comply with applicable cybersecurity standards, laws, and regulations

Is user activity monitoring legal?

Yes. Digital user monitoring is legal, but it’s regulated by legislation.

 

To know how to monitor user activity legally, you should check with applicable laws within your jurisdiction. Typically, legislation requires businesses to inform users of monitoring and receive their consent.

 

If your organization operates in the US, you should pay attention to both federal and state laws, as state laws can have their own requirements. For example, businesses that operate in Connecticut and Delaware don’t have to notify employees about email or internet monitoring. Meanwhile, employers in Colorado and Tennessee must create written email monitoring policies.

How does Ekran System monitor user activity?

Ekran System is a powerful insider threat management platform that ensures comprehensive user activity monitoring.

In particular, Ekran System monitors user activities in real time and makes video and audio recordings of user sessions so you can watch them later if needed. All records are searchable. Thus, you can find out whether a user has accessed certain data, launched specific applications, or visited particular websites during working hours.

 

Also, Ekran System continues monitoring user activity even if the internet connection goes down.

Does Ekran System interrupt employees’ work?

No. Ekran System does not influence the user experience. It monitors user activity smoothly without disturbing users.

However, Ekran may interrupt a user’s work if the user acts suspiciously. According to customizable rules, users can receive notifications explaining that a particular action violates cybersecurity policies. Also, your security admins can automatically or manually block suspicious sessions, users, and actions as needed.

How does Ekran System store collected data?

When monitoring user activity on an organization’s network, Ekran System gathers the necessary data and stores it securely using military-grade encryption. Ekran System doesn’t store passwords entered by monitored users.

What do I get from deploying Ekran System?

Ekran System offers more than just monitoring. Using this platform, you can:

 

  • 1. Know who accesses your sensitive data and how they handle it by arranging robust real-time user monitoring
  • 2. Prevent data leaks and breaches caused by insiders by detecting suspicious activity and instantly responding to it
  • 3. Enhance your cybersecurity by automatically sending notifications when users violate cybersecurity policies
  • 4. Evaluate employee efficiency by analyzing productivity reports
  • 5. Ensure compliance with various standards, laws, and regulations including GDPR, NIST, FISMA, HIPAA, and SWIFT

 

As a robust insider threat management platform, Ekran System can easily be adjusted to the specific needs of your organization.

 

For example, you can receive automatic custom reports on a convenient schedule. Also, in case an incident occurs, you can quickly export a full monitored session or a fragment of a session into an independent file.

How can I deploy Ekran System?

Ekran System is on-premise software that supports various deployment options. You can install Ekran System Client on each endpoint or install just one Ekran System Terminal Server Client on a jump server to ensure user activity monitoring of all sessions that come through your server.

 

Installation is easy and takes less than an hour. If you have any questions or doubts during the process, our 24/7 customer support team will be there for you.

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