Information Technology Manager
Boston Centerless is a mining and metals supplier based in Boston, Massachusetts
CurrentWare Products Used:
Improve productivity by restricting and filtering non-work related websites and applications and secure your network by blocking malicious websites and downloads
Monitor internet and application activity with remote screen capturing, tracking usage, generating reports, and e-mail alerting
Prevent data loss and secure endpoint connections by filtering and blocking devices such as USBs, and generating device activity reports
Conserve energy and reduce costs by scheduling systems to shut down or sleep during specific times or when computers are inactive and scheduling start up times
Update December 2020: How the CurrentWare Suite Helped Boston Centerless Adapt to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Since our original interview with Larry in 2018 Boston Centerless, like many other companies, has had to adapt their processes and technology to enable remote working during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since CurrentWare’s solutions can manage on-premises and remote devices alike, Larry was able to adjust their policies to account for the new challenges the company would face during their transition.
“Once we got CurrentWare installed it opened the door for remote work for us; we could control the equipment and make sure our people were being productive and safe.”
From a productivity perspective many department managers were concerned about how well their staff would adapt to their new work environment.
BrowseReporter’s user activity reports provided valuable insights into how their newly remote employees’ work habits changed between working in the office and working from home.
“When our staff started working from home during COVID-19 we gave department managers the ability to generate reports; they can see exactly what their staff are up to so they can rest assured that everyone is working productively.”
Watch the video case study above to hear how Larry helped Boston Centerless make working from home possible with the CurrentWare Suite.
As a manufacturing company with 60+ years of experience, Boston Centerless is committed to excellence in all that they do.
To maintain this standard of excellence they knew that they needed to keep their workforce productive and secure no matter where they work. As part of this initiative Boston Centerless’ Information Technology Manager Larry Salvucci was tasked with finding a solution for addressing the emerging risk of data loss and threats to unprotected devices.
“It’s easy to overlook the threat that can arise from within the company, especially when devices are being taken off site. The damage that data breaches can cause is enormous, and I have become increasingly aware of the range of threats that we need to defend against, from cyberattacks to simple workplace carelessness!”
At first Larry resourcefully attempted to leverage their existing internal capabilities such as their firewall to monitor and restrict activity within their network, but it lacked the granular control and insights Boston Centerless needed to ensure that documents with sensitive internal information were kept private.
Once Larry found CurrentWare in 2018 he saw a clear vision for how each module in the CurrentWare Suite could meet the needs of his project.
“In CurrentWare, I found a solution that fulfilled the criteria of my entire project within a single suite of software."
One concern that Larry had was the potential disruption and time investment that implementing a new solution across their entire organization could have. Fortunately for him the CurrentWare Suite included a Remote Client Installation tool that allowed him to deploy the CurrentWare Clients to each PC in their organization from a centralized location.
With the CurrentWare Suite deployed, it was time for Larry to implement the monitoring practices and device restrictions that Boston Centerless needed to enforce their policies and keep their sensitive data safe.
“Figuring out where we were losing productivity gave us a huge help when it came to increasing efficiency. The reports inform HR decisions and motivate our employees.”
Like many companies, Boston Centerless’ employees have unique internet access needs based on their role. To adapt to this Larry was able to use BrowseControl’s Allow List to exempt the otherwise blocked sites that certain employees needed.
“Only certain employees needed access to social media sites like Facebook, so we needed to control internet access to enforce our web usage policies across the organization.”