SOURCE: GFI Software Ltd.

February 21, 2008 11:17 ET

New Version of GFI EventsManager Extends Network Administrator's Event Management Capabilities

Version 8 Is Certified for Windows Server 2008 and Supports SQL Server Audits, SNMP Traps and Vista

LONDON--(Marketwire - February 21, 2008) - GFI Software, an international developer of network security, content security and messaging software, announced today the release of a new version of GFI EventsManager. Version 8 allows administrators to monitor an extensive range of hardware devices from over 20 of the world's largest manufacturers and report on the health and operational status of each device as well as track staff activity within the company, what they do on their PC, which files are accessed and much more.

Version 8 ships with full support for Windows Server 2008 and Vista events, SNMP traps generated by heterogeneous network sources and SQL Server Audits. GFI EventsManager has also achieved the prestigious Certified for Microsoft's Windows Server 2008 status. The new platform will be launched later this month.

GFI EventsManager 8 is a solution that covers two main functions: events monitoring and events management and archiving. The first function helps administrators to monitor the health and security of the entire network and boost uptime, while the management and archiving function allows the administrator to centralize events from multiple sources in various formats in such a way that makes it easier to identify deficiencies, provide detailed audit trails and meet various compliance regulations. The availability of data that is easily searchable and analyzed helps forensic investigations by reducing the complexity of the volume of events logs as well as the cost of, and the time required to analyze the data.

From a system events perspective, GFI EventsManager increases the range of systems and devices that can be monitored through various log types including Windows events, Syslog, W3C and SNMP traps generated by heterogeneous network sources. GFI EventsManager ships with new event processing rules which allow for a one-step configuration and support for Juniper Networks (via syslog), Allied Telesis (via SNMP traps), Cisco IOS (Catalyst family, via SNMP traps) among others.

The software can also be installed on, and collect events from Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. Although these new platforms use a different log format, GFI EventsManager presents events from various operating systems in the same manner, thus allowing the user to get used to a common structure, irrespective of the platform being monitored.

The new version also supports Simple Network Management Protocol ver.3 which is the language spoken by low level devices such as routers, sensors and firewalls, etc. Through SNMP, users can now monitor a whole range of hardware devices on their infrastructure with the ability to report on the health and operational status of each device. The ability to monitor different devices is further enhanced by GFI EventsManager's capability to import generic management information base (MIB) definition files. These files contain information about hardware device properties and are usually provided by equipment manufacturers. Using MIB file updates, the new version can support any hardware models that rely on SNMP messaging, as soon as these become available. By default GFI EventsManager ships with MIB definitions for the following vendors: Cisco, 3Com, IBM, HP, Check Point, Alcatel, Dell, Netgear, SonicWall, Juniper Networks, Arbor Networks, Oracle, Symantec, Allied Telesis and others.

Another new feature is SQL Server Auditing for commercial versions of SQL Server 2000 and SQL Server 2005. With this function, administrators can track and report on SQL server activity such as: running of SQL statements, altering DB tables, attempts to access data without necessary privileges, etc. This can ensure data in SQL servers is authentic and thus reliable.

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"GFI EventsManager is an essential tool for monitoring your network," said Andre Muscat, Director of Engineering at GFI. "Most administrators are intimidated or unaware of the extensive knowledge available within their event logs. However, with events and logs generated by nearly every IT component, they are the most effective and reliable source of information on network activity."

"More experienced IT managers know that the data contained in event logs is their most valuable resource in examining system failures and security breaches. Companies are now also legally bound to retain and proactively review their event logs as part of their daily business operations. The retention of secure archives of events in their native format is critical in providing evidence of legal compliance. With version 8 we are increasing the range of events they can monitor, even when using heterogeneous networks," he added.

For more information on GFI EventsManager 8 please visit: http://www.gfi.com/eventsmanager/. Pricing starts at 767.99 USD for 3 nodes. This price includes a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for one year. The WAN connector and ReportPack are included by default.

More pricing options are available at http://www.gfi.com/pricing/pricelist.aspx?product=esm&curr=usd&lang=en. To order, customers may use the online order form (https://customers.gfi.com/cart/default.aspx) or order via one of GFI's authorized distributors and resellers (http://www.gfi.com/pages/resellers.asp).

About GFI

GFI is a leading software developer that provides a single source for network administrators to address their network security, content security and messaging needs. With award-winning technology, an aggressive pricing strategy and a strong focus on small-to-medium sized businesses, GFI is able to satisfy the need for business continuity and productivity encountered by organizations on a global scale. Founded in 1992, GFI has offices in Malta, London, Raleigh, Hong Kong and Adelaide which support more than 200,000 installations worldwide. GFI is a channel-focused company with over 10,000 partners throughout the world. GFI is also a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. More information about GFI can be found at http://www.gfi.com.

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