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Symantec tackles instant messaging security

Symantec has announced IM Manager 8.0, which is designed to address instant messaging security problems.

The product is the first to emerge from Symantec’s purchase of IMLogic earlier this year. It is aimed at security managers looking to prevent the numerous security threats from instant messaging applications, and worried by the difficulty of running such applications while meeting compliance regulations.

The new version improves on the previous IMLogic version by integrating more effectively with Symantec’s Enterprise Vault email compliance system. The security features cover real time protection against worms, spam, viruses and phishing attacks that use the IM channel to spread trouble.

A future version is likely to Voice over IP (VoIP) protection, which is another growing worry for security managers.

IM is an application that, when integrated into business processes, offers real potential. However, it’s been largely forgotten about from a corporate security perspective.


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