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GFI WebMonitor 2015 R2

Released: March 26, 2015

The new release of GFI WebMonitor delivers out-of-the-box intelligence to deliver unique insights into web activity. Apart from helping you discover, manage and secure web activity in your business, GFI WebMonitor will enable IT admins to identify points of interest or concern without having to run reports or drill down detailed dashboards.

A dashboard showing current status of bandwidth usage, user activity and security incidents is very useful but the data is more powerful when you can compare the current status to another period in the past. By creating a baseline you will be able to take informed decisions about web activity in your network environment based on the historical record of the activity of your users.

WebInsights puts the data into context and gives the answers to questions about three areas you have to manage: productivity, bandwidth and security:

  • What activity should I consider as normal for my environment on the basis of how my users behave?
  • Where am I at today in comparison to ‘normal activity’?
  • If my status is above the baseline and registering a peak in security incidents, bandwidth consumption or productivity loss, why is that happening?

Usability is greatly improved for IT admins because now they have a single point of reference for specific use cases without the need to do that much.

To learn more about WebInsights, click here.

Another addition to the product is that now, users can request access to a website blocked by GFI WebMonitor, directly from the blocking page. When users request access to a blocked website, a notification is triggered and appears in the notification center of the main product console. The IT admin can see the website to which access is being requested and can approve the request or not. The IT admin can approve the request with one click without manually adding exceptions to existing policies. When approving he may also chose the time window when the website may be accessed by the user. This helps greatly to simplify access request tasks, and eliminates a lot of the manual work.

GFI WebMonitor 2015 - SR1

Released: November 26, 2014

In this service release of GFI WebMonitor 2015, we have made some modifications to improve the product overall. These changes include:

  • Destination hosts can be excluded from proxy authentication, via configuration file.
  • Licensed users can be viewed directly from the Licensing Settings page.
  • Bug fixes

For more details about this release, click here.

What's new in GFI WebMonitor® 2015?

Released: October the 16th 2014

GFI WebMonitor 2015 is now available as a single offering. The two editions, WebFiltering and WebSecurity, have been discontinued, and all functionality is now available in GFI WebMonitor 2015. It is important to note that the new features in this update are not available to GFI WebMonitor 2013 for ISA/TMG users.

Application control for applications using web protocols

GFI WebMonitor 2015 provides IT admins with laser-focused detection and management of over 700 web applications. This is done through our new application control technologies, comprising signature pattern matching, conversational semantics, Deep Protocol Dissection, Heuristic Analysis, Flow Awareness and association engines, as well as statistical inspection over and above the BrightCloud web filtering engine used in version 2013.

Application control enables IT admins to configure applications (authorized or not) to access the web via HTTP/HTTPs protocols. Control is highly granular and certain use cases are only possible with this technology. For example, admins can block Google Drive without blocking the Google website (and searches) and without blocking port 80 in the firewall (used by Google Drive as well as by web browsers).

Unified policy configuration and management

The new policy engine and UI enables configuration of web filtering and web security policies in the same logic, greatly reducing the number of steps required to build an effective configuration. The main parameters for configuring policies are clearly listed and logically grouped and can be set via a simple drag-and-drop action. The new overview UI gives IT admins a holistic view of policy settings: who are the individuals affected and what the effect will be.

Performance Upgrade

The WebMonitor 2015 engine has been completely re-built to incorporate the latest technologies enabling x64 compilation, better memory management, faster processing and scalability.

Fresh, new look

The revamped user interface delivers a significantly better view of what the product and users are doing. The new UI makes it much easier and faster to executes tasks; for a much better user experience. A new main dashboard with real-time data is now available and the existing drill-down dashboards have a new and more intuitive filtering interface.