Visualware Rolls Out a Sanity Saver

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2002-05-13 Print this article Print

eLABorations: Low-cost internal TCP port monitor helps keep unsophisticated crackers at bay

Using a variety of tools to track network security is a good way to stay sane on the job. Of particular value are products that help monitor network probes inside your protected network. I just looked at Visualware Inc.s VisualLookout 2.0, a TCP port monitoring and alerting tool, and found that it can indeed be a sanity saver for network managers. I installed VisualLookout on my lab machines and got a good picture of the incoming and outgoing traffic patterns, with almost no effort and very little expense. The product costs just $39.95 to monitor up to 100 systems running a variety of OSes. This is a good tool to use inside the firewall to monitor for internal network probes. I was easily able to set up alerts that told me when ports were being probed.
VisualLookout 2.0 can also monitor external traffic and uses a world map to locate traffics likely origin. Although skillful crackers can circumvent this technique with no problem, it is a handy tool to have just in case one of them gets sloppy. And it will bust the newbie attackers without much effort at all.
VisualLookout 2.0 started shipping last week and is available via download from for a 15-day free trial. Senior Analyst Cameron Sturdevant can be contacted at
Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at

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