Newspaper group monitors desktops

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UK publisher Northcliffe Newspapers is to implement a management tool to monitor its 320 employees' desktop behaviour.

The firm has bought Websense Enterprise Client Policy Manager (CPM) for its South-East regional offices.

Websense said the tool prevents the use of unauthorised applications, such as hacking, spyware, and access to peer-to-peer networks.

"All IT managers should be aware of the threats that employee internet use can bring," siad Antony Wiltshire, IT manager for the south-east region of Northcliffe. "The downloading of seemingly innocent applications can contain a host of spyware and malicious mobile code, as can peer-to-peer file-sharing applications."

Northcliffe deployed the tool to improve employee productivity and prevent network abuse. The tool be used in two ways - white or black list applications. Northcliffe decided to limit employees' use of programmes to those on the white list.

The Group said it intends to roll-out the software across its national offices by September 2004.


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