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Iconium Limited is today announcing the availability of the first commercial version of its web based software solution designed to monitor and report unusual and suspicious activities on internal networks. To be known as ESPÔ, the new product makes comprehensive state-of-the–art internal IT security more affordable at all levels of IT user.

ESP focus is on internal security and complements other security systems, such as Firewalls and virus protection aimed at preventing attacks from external sources. It is designed to actively monitor an organisation’s network in real time and automatically alert management to any unusual or suspicious activity. This is achieved via browser based console and e-mail messaging.

Designed to comply with ISO-17799, the international standard for Information Security Management, ESP is able to monitor and report on some 6500-event types on a wide range of network devices. ESP agents sit on servers and workstations throughout a user organisation. By detecting defined types of activities as they occur, security incidents are identified, notified and may be acted upon immediately, thus minimising possible consequential damage.

ESP has been developed with the help and cooperation of The Royal and Sun Alliance, which is now the first commercial user of the product.

Commenting on the launch of ESP, Managing Director John Potter comments, “whilst the most publicised side of IT security is focussed on attacks from the outside, more security breaches come from inside organisations, IDC say up to 60%.

“Information is perhaps the most valuable operational asset of any organisation. Our mission is to provide a virtual information security guard that has its eye on infringements that might be cause for serious concern, such as changes to critical files, or repeated incorrect log-ons. ESP has the right user definable tools to protect against such issues at an affordable cost, for as little as 50p per workstation per month” adds Potter.

“What is the point of spending hundreds of thousands of pounds on sophisticated information storage and business continuance systems, yet leave the door wide open for internal security breaches?” he asks.

ESP is available on software licence purchase or rental. Prices are charged on a per server and per workstation basis. Agents start at £290 per server and £29 per workstation for less than 100 servers. The ESP management server software costs £7500. There are price break discounts based on quantity.

There are two levels of maintenance, standard and enhanced. Standard maintenance provides for minor release updates and cost 18% of the purchase price per annum. Enhanced maintenance, which includes all new software releases, implementation consultancy and site checks every 6 months, costs 30% of the purchase price per annum. ESP rental prices are for one, three and five year periods and also reflect volume discounts.

As an example, an enterprise of 45 servers and 190 workstations would cost in the region of £53,000 or, on the three year rental, £1344 per month (£47,700 over the period). These prices mark a significant cut in cost for prospective users. Competitive products from such companies as such as IBM and Computer Associates can be as much as 100% more.

Rental is provided by RentStore, the Storage and Security software arm of The Intelco Group plc.
Iconium develops and markets web based security solutions for managing, securing and monitoring all components of enterprise computing infrastructures.
Its expertise is in the design and development of web based management solutions. Its use of the latest software development tools enables it to develop extremely cost effective security solutions.
Iconium corporate philosophy is to work in partnership with key business clients to ensure that new product developments and enhancements are closely aligned to deliver cost effective solutions for real business issues. By adopting this approach the Company aims to see that all its clients obtain real benefit from ESP and other future products.
All Iconium products are designed to assist customers to comply with ISO-17799, the international standard for Information Security Management.

For further information
Toby Waldock 07813 804555
Marketing Director Iconium Limited
Tim Wickes 07958 933094
Marketing Director RentStore Limited

Note to Editor
Just some of the 6500 Windows activities monitored by ESP

User Events
Administrator logons
Out of hours User logons
Multiple logon failures in a period of time
User logon failures due to policy restrictions

Account Management Events
New user accounts created
Deletion of user accounts
Change to Administrator passwords
Users added to Administrator group

System Management Events
Audit logs cleared
Access to audited files
Changes to audited files
Deletion of audited files
Server restarts
Trusted domain changes
New software packages installed
Changes to system security policies
Changes to system audit policies
Changes to critical system files
Changes to critical application files
Changes to critical data files

Application Events
Reporting of virus alerts detected by A/V software

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