Tip

Spy Sweeper Enterprise is strong on management but weak on reporting

Spy Sweeper Enterprise
Webroot Software
Price: Starts at $39.95

If spyware was only a desktop problem on home PCs, vendors wouldn't be rushing to get enterprise-grade products to market. Webroot has expanded on its respected workstation product

    Requires Free Membership to View

with Spy Sweeper Enterprise, complete with client-server technology that gives security managers the ability to install, update and monitor distributed scanners from a central console.

Spy Sweeper is a good first effort with some strong management features, but it lacks a Web-based console and strong reporting capabilities.

Spy Sweeper can be distributed in minutes through login scripts or Active Directory group policies. The management console can be configured to poll Webroot's update server for malware updates.


MORE INFORMATION
  • User training, policies and technologies help guard against spyware
  • Some antivirus tools scan for spyware
  • Spyware's backdoor threat supercedes its privacy issue

    The versatility of Spy Sweeper's admin console is impressive, enabling security managers to organize clients into logical groups for flexibility and multiple configurations. Policies can be applied globally, by group or individually. For example, the users in the management group may have a policy that dictates their workstations are scanned at 6 p.m., while the operations group is scanned at 1 a.m.

    Spy Sweeper configurations are also controlled through Active Shields, which are simply configuration locks that prevent malware from doing such things as hijacking a browser or resetting the home page.

    Spy Sweeper's scanning schedule is equally flexible and offers on-demand scans, a feature that comes in handy when a keystroke logger suddenly shows up on the network.

    Nevertheless, Spy Sweeper falls short in a couple of areas. There's no Web-based management console, which should be standard for any enterprise-caliber product. Webroot says it will include this in an upcoming version.

    Also, its proprietary database and reporting features are weak. The reports are locked on the management console and there's no auto-generating option. As a result, security managers must sit at the console and read the information off the screen. Reports can't be saved to a file or exported, and can only be printed at the console. The only other sources of information are e-mail alerts about spyware infections.

    That said, the console provides a wealth of information: workstation-by-workstation data and history, infection trends, and enterprise collection and quarantine data. Spy Sweeper reports infected nodes by IP and MAC address, as well as information regarding the offending malware.

    Webroot Software is recognized as a leader in the consumer spyware market. With the Spy Sweeper Enterprise release, weak reporting and lack of a Web-based console notwithstanding, it's making a statement as a contender in the enterprise antispyware market.

    About the author
    Ryan Guzal is a technical editor for Information Security magazine.

    This article originally appeared in our sister publication Information Security magazine.

    This was first published in February 2005

  • There are Comments. Add yours.

     
    TIP: Want to include a code block in your comment? Use <pre> or <code> tags around the desired text. Ex: <code>insert code</code>

    REGISTER or login:

    Forgot Password?
    By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy
    Sort by: OldestNewest

    Forgot Password?

    No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an email containing your password.

    Your password has been sent to:

    Disclaimer: Our Tips Exchange is a forum for you to share technical advice and expertise with your peers and to learn from other enterprise IT professionals. TechTarget provides the infrastructure to facilitate this sharing of information. However, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or validity of the material submitted. You agree that your use of the Ask The Expert services and your reliance on any questions, answers, information or other materials received through this Web site is at your own risk.