Monitoring copy/download from Network Shares

Hello all,

We have a SBS 2003 which also hosts all our file shares. I have been asked to implement monitoring on one of our network shares (which contains all our business data and is over 100Gig in size) to enable us track any potential IP and data loss/theft.

Basically this network share is accessible by all our employees on their laptops as a 'mapped network drive' with full access permissions. Recently some leavers copied the entire network share on external HDs and took it with them. The business now wants to implement monitoring of any bulk copy/download of files/folders form this network drive.

Has anyone used any software (pref. free) which can do this? Or is there any other way to implement this?

Any help will be much appreciated.

Thanks,
Abid
Abid MuhammadIT ManagerAsked:
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KimputerCommented:
Example: http://www.poweradmin.com/order.aspx?prod=fs (You probably need the Ultra version which will set you back 600 bucks for one server)
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KimputerCommented:
Definitely no free software for this monitoring. It falls under the expensive enterprise management tools category.

Cheapest way would have been to disallow the USB drives in the GPO, and then maybe monitor your internet bandwidth (slightly easier, but still needs expensive management software if you want to be alerted by who/what/when instead of keeping an eye on a graph yourself).
Also, better granular control/permission on the folders would have limited the copying also by quite a bit, as I don't think any employee for xx department needs to see all those 100GB of files. Have sales persons access to sales folders, etc etc.

Another expensive method is to introduce some DRM type software (again, very expensive, installation/implementation will be intricate, as it requires both server and client sofware to be installed and configured).
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Abid MuhammadIT ManagerAuthor Commented:
Could you please name a few "enterprise management tools" that you referred to so I can have a look.

Thanks!
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Abid MuhammadIT ManagerAuthor Commented:
The software suggested is expensive and won't do all that is required of it. I will keep looking for some other solutions but DO appreciate all the help.

Thanks,
Abid
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