CurrentWare v8.0.1 is here! Read the release blog to learn more.

🆕Improved Tracking, Report/Alert Delivery System & More! (v8.0.1)

CurrentWare version 8.0.1: Improved tracking, email delivery system, and AD select sync

CurrentWare version 8.0.1 is here! With this release, we’re excited to announce several new capabilities in BrowseReporter, an integrated email delivery system, a new warning message for AccessPatrol, and more!

Highlights of CurrentWare Version 8.0.1

Learn more about updates to CurrentWare in the release notes.

New Customers

Existing Customers

🔎 Improved Tracking for BrowseReporter

In version 8.0.1 we have refactored BrowseReporter’s tracking methods for improved data consistency, performance, and integrity. We’ve also introduced new tracking capabilities and improved on our existing ones.

Customers with an existing deployment will be prompted to switch to the new Real-Time Tracking mode when they first launch the web console after upgrading to v8.0.1.

Learn More: CurrentWare’s Data Tracking Modes

Track Application Use Down to the Minute

BrowseReporter Application Activity Log

Before v8.0.1 application usage was displayed as a summary of how many minutes an app was used in a given hour. With this new release, you can now see what apps are being used minute-by-minute, allowing you to verify the specific times a given app was used.

Track App Titles & Attempts to Launch Blocked Apps/Websites

BrowseReporter app and website activity log with block status and time zone

BrowseControl allows you to prevent users from launching specific apps and websites/categories of websites. Whenever a user attempts to launch a blocked app or website they can be provided with a warning message.

In BrowseReporter v8.0.1 you can now collect data on every attempt to launch an app or website that is blocked by BrowseControl.

This allows you to see which users may require an app or website to be unblocked and which users may be exhibiting high-risk behavior by trying to access resources they should not have access to.

In addition, by switching the activity log to the Detailed view you can see the titles of applications to get more context into how the application is being used. For example, you can see the name of an active Microsoft Word document.

New Combined Employee Active/Idle & Logon/Logoff Time Report

Employee logon activity report with active and idle times

This new report coming to version 8.0.1 combines BrowseReporter’s idle time tracking and enPowerManager’s logon tracking into a consolidated report.

With this new report, you can easily see when your users have logged in/out and how long they were idle during each login period. 

  • ⌚ See when your employees start and stop working
  • 🖱️ See whether PCs are being actively used or left idle 
  • 🔒 Verify users are locking their PCs when they step away 

NOTE: To use this report you must have licenses for both BrowseReporter and enPowerManager

Please reach out to our sales team if you need to add these modules to your web console.

Improved Dashboard Layouts

Overview Dashboard—Before & After

Specific User Dashboard—Before & After

Location Tracking Adjustments

BrowseReporter's location tracking window with two sample IP addresses

We’ve bolstered the location tracking feature with the ability to track whether a given application was used in-office or remotely.

The location is defined based on comparing the IP address of the client computer with a list of IP addresses that have been classified as on-premises IPs.

This adjustment is an important step for new location-based dashboards and reports that will be available in version 8.0.2.

UTC Time Zones

We’ve added a time zone column to several reports and dashboards. This column displays the timezone in UTC to better communicate when the tracked events occurred. 

📊 User Exclusion List for BrowseReporter

BrowseReporter user exclusion list

Have a user you want to exempt from BrowseReporter’s reports, alerts, and dashboards? Simply add them to the new Users Exclusion List!

With the Users Exclusion List, you can hide the data of excluded users from your BrowseReporter reports, alerts, and dashboards. This helps reduce irrelevant data and improves privacy by allowing administrators to prevent specific users from being reported on.

As with all of our other features, the User Exclusion List is compatible with Terminal Services and VDI such as Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops.

This new filter can be found under BrowseReporter > Manage > Exclusion List > Users

NOTE: Users on the exclusion list are still being monitored by BrowseReporter. Any operator account with sufficient permissions is able to remove users from the exclusion list and review their data. Our team is hard at work to develop a Do Not Track feature that will prevent specific users from being tracked altogether. 

Learn More: BrowseReporter’s User Exclusion List

✉️ Integrated Email Delivery System

Alert for workplace conduct policy violation

In previous versions of CurrentWare, you were required to configure your own SMTP settings or Microsoft Exchange Server in order to receive email reports and alerts from BrowseReporter and AccessPatrol. 

For added simplicity and convenience CurrentWare version 8.0.1+ comes pre-equipped with a service that handles email delivery for you!

No need to dig up mail server addresses, port numbers, and authentication details to receive alerts and reports—Simply set up your report schedules and alert criteria and they’ll be delivered to the inboxes you specify. 

Learn More: How to Set Up CurrentWare to Send Emails

🔁 Active Directory Selective Sync

Active Directory import specific organizational units

CurrentWare allows you to import and sync your Active Directory Organizational Units into the CurrentWare Console to easily manage your users using your existing AD OU structure.

Previously you were required to import/sync your entire AD environment; with v8.0.1 we’ve introduced the ability to choose the specific OUs you’d like to sync and ignore the rest. 

Learn More: Integrating Active Directory (AD Sync) with CurrentWare

💬 New Warning Message For AccessPatrol

When a peripheral device is blocked by AccessPatrol you’ve had the option to present your user with a warning message.

In v8.0.1 we’ve expanded on this ability to allow you to present a message every time a peripheral device that is controllable by AccessPatrol is inserted. 

This allows you to proactively alert your users that their USB activity is being monitored and remind them that they are required to follow your removable media policy.

This new feature can be accessed by going to Settings > AccessPatrol > Client Settings > Show AccessPatrol warning message when a USB device is connected.

Learn More: AccessPatrol’s Device Warning Message

removable media policy template mockup

Removable Media
Policy Template

  • Set data security standards for portable storage
  • Define the acceptable use of removable media
  • Inform your users about their security responsibilities

Get started today—Download the FREE template and customize it to fit the needs of your organization.

🔒 Security Improvements & Bug Fixes

The CurrentWare team is committed to providing a high-quality and secure product. With each CurrentWare release, we include quality-of-life and security updates such as performance improvements, bug fixes, and minor features that make the CurrentWare Suite even easier to use. 

This release includes a variety of security improvements, including:

  • A self-signed SSL certificate to ensure an encrypted connection to the web console
  • Optional support for SQL Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) for organizations with SQL Server Standard or Enterprise edition
  • Updates to various frameworks
  • Misc bug fixes, security improvements, and UI/UX enhancements

Default HTTPS Connection for the Web Console

In previous versions, the web console was accessed over HTTP by default, with the option to bind an HTTPS certificate if desired.

Starting with v8.0.1 the CurrentWare web console will have a preconfigured self-signed SSL certificate that is enabled by default. This will ensure that network communication to and from the CurrentWare web console is encrypted.

NOTE: Since this is a self-signed certificate that is not issued by a public certificate authority, you will likely see a warning message in your web browser when accessing the CurrentWare web console. 

Rest assured that your remote access to the web console is secure; web browsers simply warn users when self-signed certificates are detected as they do not have validation of its legitimacy from a third-party certificate authority. 

Google Chrome HTTPS warning message

Until you add CurrentWare’s self-signed certificate to your list of trusted certificates you will see an error such as this when accessing the web console from another computer.

Support for SQL Transparent Data Encryption (TDE)

Transparent data encryption (TDE) encrypts your SQL Server to improve the security of your database. This encryption is known as encrypting data at rest.

By using TDE you can ensure that in the event a malicious actor is able to bypass your security measures and steal your database, the data remains unintelligible to them without the decryption key.

TDE encrypts the storage of an entire database by using a symmetric key called the Database Encryption Key (DEK). On database startup, the encrypted DEK is decrypted and then used for decryption and re-encryption of the database files in the SQL Server database engine process.

In version 8.0.1+ organizations that have upgraded their CurrentWare SQL Server from the default SQL Express to SQL Server Standard or SQL Server Enterprise can implement TDE on the SQL database used to store their CurrentWare data.

⚠️IMPORTANT NOTES

  • TDE is not compatible with the SQL Express that comes prepackaged with CurrentWare. If you would like to use TDE you must upgrade to a paid version of a SQL server such as SQL Server Standard or SQL Server Enterprise, then migrate your CurrentWare SQL Express database to your new database.
  • If you enable TDE on your SQL database any other software you have connected to that same database will also have TDE enabled. To avoid conflicts with other software that may not support TDE it is recommended that you use a dedicated SQL database for your CurrentWare installation. 

Learn More: Security & SQL Database Best Practices

Conclusion

CurrentWare version 8.0.1 is available now. To get access to the latest features you will need to update your CurrentWare deployment. If you’re new to CurrentWare you can get started today with a free 14-day trial of the latest version.

Learn more about updates to CurrentWare in the release notes.

New Customers

Existing Customers

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Sai Kit Chu
Sai Kit Chu
Sai Kit Chu is a Product Manager with CurrentWare. He enjoys helping businesses improve their employee productivity & data loss prevention efforts through the deployment of the CurrentWare solutions.