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Definition: Internet monitoring

Analyzing traffic on the Internet. Monitoring is performed to determine packet volume for network configuration as well as to find out how employees are spending their time on the Internet. This is the first step in determining whether or not filtering should be added to the network. See Web filtering.

An Internet Analysis
This report from the surfCONTROL free evaluation software could be a day's worth of analysis on a network of 2,000 users. The "none" category comprises unrecognizable sites in this test and would be much smaller were the software to be fully configured and put into production. (Image courtesy of JSP Corporation, www.surfcontrol.com)