Monitoring Software Licenses Reduces Security Risks
activAeon advises checking application usage aids compliance
September 29, 2004 - (HostReview.com) - activAeon (www.activaeon.com), providers of a real-time reporting solution for service provider licensing, is advising companies to monitor software application usage, which will prevent against security breaches and help comply with industry regulations. Organizations need these detailed reports that show application usage and who is connected to what server for how long, to check against the security policy.
"Many organizations struggle with knowing which employees are utilizing what applications," said Steve Dunton, CTO of activAeon. "If more than one person signs on to the same account then access and authorization are no longer controlled, which can lead to problems with auditability and compliance."
activAeon advises companies to have user accounts ready for any new employee immediately, to avoid multiple sign-on. Software usage reports can also show how frequently license limits are reached on enterprise applications such as CRM, accounting or HR, to plan ahead with resources and ensure optimal efficiency.
"Monitoring user activity is critical for enterprise resource planning, but also for any external security audit," continued Dunton. "Rather than looking at what is being done with each and every application, organizations need to look at it from the top down -- who is using what, when and for how long. They can then produce a snapshot of an application's usage to look for trends or unusual activity."
activAeon XA is an analytical tool that allows organizations governed by Microsoft's Service Provider Licensing Agreement (SPLA) program to automate and streamline reporting on actual software usage and identify licensing savings.
The launch of activAeon XA version 2.0 is imminent and it includes improved functionally for Hosters, ISPs and Telecoms Providers. The company also plans to announce a new channel to sale with a major Microsoft partner.
activAeon XA is an analytical tool that allows organizations governed by Microsoft's Service Provider License Agreement (SPLA) program to automate and streamline reporting on actual software usage. It provides freedom from unpredictable licensing costs and ensures compliance with Microsoft reporting requirements, enabling providers to achieve regular rebates.