Project IRIS becoming a reality, Tech Preview coming next month

Last October I wrote about something called "Project IRIS." IRIS stands for ICA Recording / ICA Surveillance, and it was a technology project that Citrix was working on to help companies meet compliance and security requirements.

Last October I wrote about something called "Project IRIS." IRIS stands for ICA Recording / ICA Surveillance, and it was a technology project that Citrix was working on to help companies meet compliance and security requirements. Basically, project IRIS records ICA sessions (or parts of ICA sessions) in an encrypted format that can be archived. Then, if people think that the user is doing something they shouldn't, they can play back the recordings to see what the user was doing.

 

Citrix had Project IRIS running in their tech lab at iForum in Edinburgh this week, and I got to see it and speak with the team who's responsible for the product.

 

Project IRIS is becoming a usable piece of technology. In fact, Citrix plans to release a technology preview on July 18 to current customers via mycitrix.com. This is an interesting product that covers some sensitive areas, so by releasing this preview, Citrix is hoping to get feedback from the community about IRIS.

 

Because this technology can be used in so many different ways, Citrix will also deliver the evaluation with documentation that will lead customers through the evaluation process. (So don't worry! This won't just be a "quick build" for the public to see with no help available.)

 

Ultimately Citrix is looking for feedback from customers to help them define what an IRIS product would look like, and we'll have the chance to provide that feedback first-hand next month.

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So this means the plan is to 'record' actions to some storage-facility and be able to replay the stream that was sent from server to client originally?

This sounds like an awesome way for security monitoring and hopefully the storage needed wont be too massive :)

/Rene
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If the compression is anything near the quality from the go-to-assist recording enigine, then the filesize will be excellent. (unless you want to record every user for 24/7 usage....)
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Well, as i am from Germany and we do have rather strong unions, I wonder in how many countries in the world it can be legal to "record" all the work a user is doing? I think this might cause troubles using this technology in Europe?
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Any word on how this service will be licensed? Last I heard, they were flip-flopping between including it as a part of PS and selling it as a separate bolt-on.
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I guess every "Betriebsrat" will have very strong objections against surveillance of internal employees. But this solution can be very helpful for tracking external employees or external vendors. And the legal issues can be taken care of in the contract.
We were searching for a solution like this for some while, so we are quite happy about it. Hope it does what it is supposed to do.
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I expect it to be legal in the Netherlands if the employees are informed about it.
Same for internet monitoring, email monitoring and logging of telephone calls.

It could be very usefull in high-secure environments like financial institutions.

And it would be nice for troubleshooting or training purposes.

Berdt van der Lingen
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Yea well we have a need for it when we use citrix to support our customers they have a high demand on auditing of who connects,what do they do, and for how long.. this would be a powerful tool :)

/Rene
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Add on function for PS or another product to purchase? If it's for PS, is it for all edition or it just for "Enterprise" edition like Resource Manager? and is it legal?
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We have security banner that says everything you do on state computers can be monitored that they have to click "OK" to. I suppose with enough money, it could be fought though.
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It give the possibility to show the developers of software in which dialog situation the error for the end use appears ... and which actions the enduser took before the problem occurs. I hope that timestamps could be integrated in the stream of recorded screen output.
Matthias
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Hi,
 
Have you some news about this product??
 
Best regards
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Well Citrix is promising it for Q3, 2007 and as far as I know it will be available only on the latest PS release. This means people with no SA and still running anything from MetaFrame 1.8 to PS4.5 will not be able to record unless they upgrade ($$$).
If you want this today, simply get RecordTS that we developed from the ground up with terminal services in mind. It does BOTH ICA and RDP session recording and works on all Citrix products.
Check it out at http://www.tsfactory.com.
 
Cheers!
 
ORIGINAL: christophe.lefebvre

Hi,

Have you some news about this product??

Best regards

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Hi

Is there any news regarding Project IRIS?

Is any release date or is it still being tested? 

/Mads

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Hi

So now I know where Project IRIS is.. :) It is now called "SmartAuditor" and will/is a part of Citrix XenApp 4.5 Platinum Edtion: http://www.citrix.com/English/ps2/products/subfeature.asp?contentID=682169

Micahel Roth has also made a nice premo video of the product last year: http://www.thincomputing.net/premo/citrix-smartauditor.html

Thanks..

/Mads

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