Enterprise Monitoring Software Comparison

 

This page will provide the detailed comparison of the user monitoring tools, in particular those, which use user session video recording as the main security data format. Besides general information, you can find feature-to-feature competitor comparison in the table below.

 

Ekran System vs competitors

 

The main competing players in the market segment of user session recording for security visibility are Observeit, Balabit, and Netwrix.

 

Ekran System is considered among direct Observeit competitors, especially on the SMB market. Covering the core functionality of Observeit product and adding some unique features, Ekran System offers much more flexible price scheme with client-only licensing, thus its cost structure is definitely more affordable than the Observeit price.

 

Ekran System is one of the Netwrix competitors when it comes to user activity monitoring tasks. The solution provides more details on recorded video as well as valuable features of real-time alerts on suspicious events and live session viewing. In particular, Ekran System ensures detailed Internet activity monitoring and analysis with its visited URL logging that accompanies video. Netwrix pricing for overall user activity monitoring is less affordable that the Ekran System deployment cost.  

 

All three already mentioned solutions are software-based Balabit alternatives. The latter is a hardware-based solution and provides user session video recording functionality. Working as network proxy, Balabit can provide fewer details about the user activity as compared to the agent-based software and naturally do not support local session monitoring and offline recording.

 

Ekran System can be considered as an alternative to such employee monitoring solutions as Spectorsoft and Teramind. Instead of multiple independent activity reports, Ekran System gives you integrated video logs of all employee sessions in the corporate infrastructure and remote PCs easy to understand and searchable by multiple parameters.

 

Ekran System is an efficient replacement of Citrix SmartAuditor. It provides much more than just session video recording, allows easy search, and supports Linux servers, Windows servers and desktops.

 

Review the detailed user monitoring software comparison

 

Feature Ekran System ObserveIT Balabit Netwrix User Activity
Licensing model and affordability
Flexible endpoint-based licensing + - - -
Easy endpoint license reassigning + - - -
Free embedded database support + - + -
Commercial database support + + - +
Monitored platforms
Windows XP / Server 2003 + - + +
Windows Vista and higher, up to Windows 10 / Server 2012 R2 + + + +
Linux / Unix (Telnet and Console sessions) + + + -
Infrastructure coverage
Record any session on terminal server (RDP, LogMeIn, radmin) + + + +
Record any local session + + - +
Record console sessions for Windows + + + +
Agnostic to network protocol and client application + + - +
User Experience
Internal User Authentication and Windows Integrated Authentication + + + +
Customizable user permissions + + + +
Remote installation/uninstallation of Clients + - - +
Management via Web console + + + -
View monitoring results via Web console + + - -
MSSQL database support + + - +
Embedded database support + - + -
Basic recording and incident response functionality
Video replay of every session + + + +
Real-time playback for live sessions + + + -
Multi-monitor recording  + + - -
Real-time alerts + + -
USB device blocking + - - -
User blocking + + -
Policy-based (selective) recording
By user name + + + +
By computer + + + +
By active windows title + + - +
By application name + + - +
By URL  + + - -
By events + + + -
By set frequency + + - +
Recording includes:
Mouse move + + + +
Keylogging + + + +
Index by Active window title + + - -
Index by Active application name + + - +
Host name + + + +
User name + + + +
Date/time + + + +
Visited URLs + + - -
IP associated with a host + + + -
Logging USB device connections + - - -
Logging USB mass storages connections + + - -
Magnifier option (zoom in screenshot regions) + + + -
Searching, Reports and Export
Search by metainfo + + + +
Basic activity reports + + + +
On-demand (manual) reports + + - -
Scheduled auto-generated reports with mailing + + + +
Interactive System Dashboards + + + -
Saving session in encrypted format (forensic) + + + -
Export screenshots to external formats + + -
Authorization and user messaging 
Secondary demand-response login + + + -
Deliver policy rules to the users by messaging + + - -
Solution work and security
Efficient data storage (minimal disk space utilization) + + + +
Encrypted network channel + + + +
Minimal agent CPU utilization + (<5%) +(<5%) + +(<10%)
Agent-server encryption + + + +
Watchdog mechanism + + NA +
Uninstall driver-level self-protection + - NA -
Agent auto-updating + - NA +
Audit trail for system users + + + -
SIEM system integration + + - -