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RE: Internet usage and monitoring

From: Dan Lynch <DLynch_at_nospam>
Date: Fri Sep 28 2007 - 16:20:29 GMT
To: "Steve Olive" <steve@bathurstcomputers.com.au>, <security-basics@securityfocus.com>


Just an aside folks: the OP made a request for solutions and set a specific technical requirement. Granted, solutions do exist outside that requirement (even very very good ones). And even though you may not agree with the strategic direction taken that's reflected in that requirement, if the solution fails to meet the requirements, it's a non-starter.

"This program must be able to run on a windows box". Period. *nix-based solutions might be cheap, easy, and flexible, but you can't just ignore the customer's requirements.

In my workplace a strategic decision has been made: we don't run Linux. I can't say whether that's wise or justified or plain stupid. I don't get to set strategy for my employer. And neither do consultants tasked with finding an internet usage monitoring solution.

Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming...

  • Dan

Dan Lynch, CISSP
Information Technology Analyst
County of Placer

> -----Original Message-----
> From: listbounce@securityfocus.com
> [mailto:listbounce@securityfocus.com] On Behalf Of Steve Olive
> Sent: Thursday, September 27, 2007 2:46 PM
> To: security-basics@securityfocus.com
> Subject: Re: Internet usage and monitoring
>
> On Thu, 27 Sep 2007 08:08:01 pm Jon Petre wrote:
> > Hello List,
> >
> > I am looking for an idea/program to monitor users internet
> usage. Due
> > to the nature of the customer who requires the monitoring
> carried out,
> > this program must be able to run on a windows box and needs
> to be very
> > reasonably priced (I have no control over budget
> unfortunately). I am
> > aware of programs such as ISA server (too expensive) and
> squid (*nix
> > based). Any other sugesstions would be great.Customers network is
> > round a bout 20 workstations that need to be monitored, so
> pretty small in reality.
> >
> > Looking forward to all your help.
> >
> > TIA
> >
> > Jono
>
> Actually you can get Squid for Windows -
> http://www.squid-cache.org/Download/binaries.dyn.
>
> I still think Squid with squidGuard
> (http://www.squidguard.org/index.html)
> with Shalla's Blacklists (http://squidguard.shalla.de/shallalist.html)
> running on any Linux server would be the best choice.
> Download Ubuntu server and install on any old PC, or a very
> cheap new box, and make this the proxy server. You can then
> access this box using a web browser if you add Webmin
> (http://www.webmin.com/) and SARG - Squid Anaysis Report
> Generator (part of *nix distros) is available though the
> Webmin interface.
>
> The whole package would not cost more than $200 if you bought
> the PC, otherwise it is all free!
>
>
>
> --
> Regards,
>
> Steve
> Bathurst Computer Solutions
> URL: www.bathurstcomputers.com.au
> e-mail: steve@bathurstcomputers.com.au
> Mobile: 0407 224 251
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