Do you ever wonder sometimes just what your employees are doing with their PC’s? I’m not sure you want to know the answer, but you may need to. You may be responsible for what they do. If they’re browsing pornography or hate sites and you allow it, then you create a hostile work environment and that opens you up to legal action. They might be stealing data, or funnelling inside information to your competitors.
Even if what they’re doing isn’t that bad, what if you need to know what they’re doing because you have to comply with regulations like HIPAA. Every health care provider needs to document who accessed which patient information and when. What if for Sarbox you have to document the flow of financial information?
While much of this can be done through operating system, application, or database controls, there is also the class of software called employee monitoring. They are basically centrally managed keyloggers or corporate spyware. In fact, many of these companies began as hacker tools and viruses and now they’ve slapped a GUI on them and sell them for $100. But if you think that you need to monitor your employees’ every digital move, then this is probably what you need.
Here are a few products that seem like they might help:
3. Cyclope Employee Monitoring, Amplusnet Group, http://www.cyclope-series.com/employee-surveillance/employee-monitoring-software.html
4. PC ACME Professional, www.pcacme.com
Someday I can explore the topic of RFID tagging to monitor documents, uniforms, and equipment. And then there’s the GPS “tattlers” that can be installed in corporate vehicles.
Hey, in this day and age everything we do is being monitored by someone. You might as well benefit from the technology.