Network Monitors Spell Doom for Some Workers
The Kitty has heard tales from the trenches that illustrate the importance of good monitoring tools for a company's WAN.The Kitty has heard tales from the trenches that illustrate the importance of good monitoring tools for a companys WAN. A vendor told El Gato that some employees at his company were once caught playing "Doom" on an expensive T-1 link spanning the Atlantic. The situation was discovered only because the company had invested in good WAN monitoring tools, said the Tipster. "Amazingly, people still seem to think they wont get caught doing wacky things across a network," mused the Mouser, as he removed his folder of Claudine Longet MP3s from the eWeek server. Another Tabby Tattler told the Furball about a European services provider that also discovered something fishy in the way its network was being used. The provider found IP addresses traversing the network that didnt belong to the company. When it analyzed the activity using a WAN monitor, it discovered that the traffic was going to its source code server and that the traffic was being generated by (gasp!) a competitor. "People today have no ethics," groused the Grimalkin. "Why, in my day, an industrial spy had to get a job at the target company."
In addition, WAN monitoring tools recently helped authorities apprehend a disgruntled employee at a Florida company. The suspect secretly used a fellow employees computer to send a bomb threat to the FBI. When the FBI didnt immediately respond, the frustrated loon sent a note to the FBI inquiring about their lack of responsethis time using his own computer. A WAN monitor was put on the case, and the IP address of the deranged perpetrators PC quickly turned up.