If you haven’t heard, Netwrix released User Activity Video Reporter last week. The User Activity Video Reporter solution is purpose built to monitor privilege user activity across critical IT systems. Like a surveillance system for your servers, the solution easily targets specific servers, users or applications to be monitored. When a privilege user opens a session matching the solution’s target criteria, a video of all activity within that session is created. As a companion to the video an audit report of the tasks shown in the video is also created allowing the auditor to filter and focus on the most critical activities. There are many reason why customers have asked for this user activity monitoring solution, but three requirements stand-out.
Requirement 1: Audit applications that do not provide audit data.
Many applications do not provide audit data, yet can be used to modify crucial applications. For example, an administrator who uses Windows Notepad to modify configuration files may go un-noticed because notepad provides no audit trail.
Requirement 2: Uncover user situational awareness or intent
A solid Change Auditing solution is critical to understanding what is happening to your servers and applications. While Change Auditing provides a detailed list of important changes it does not show how the individual tasks were performed. Being able to see how tasks are performed provides a context for the activity can help uncover user intent. For example if a change was made that was inappropriate, a quick review of the video will show if the user performed the task with confidence or if they were randomly trying features.
Requirement 3: Deterrence
When a user establishes a new session on a targeted system, User Activity Video Reporter displays a policy message indicating that the user’s activity will be recorded. This message serves as a powerful reminder to users that your organizations policy is to monitor privilege account activity. Being mindful of the recording, most users will be on best behavior because they are aware that their activity is being recorded.
User Activity Video Reporter provides auditing for applications that provide no audit details, assists in uncovering user intent and implements a strong deterrent for users who otherwise may make inappropriate or un-planned changes.
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