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Symantec relaunches IM product

VoIP security not yet in the mix

Symantec has announced IM Manager 8.0, the first fruits borne from its purchase of IMLogic earlier this year.

The IM- (instant messaging-) management system is the first such product put out under the Symantec name, although it has existed under the IMLogic brand for some time and had been promoted by Symantec as part of a partnership between the two.

Symantec has clearly decided to maintain the link with the IMLogic product by keeping its version numbering consistent.

The product will be promoted to security managers looking to lock-down the many security threats from IM and worried by the difficulty of running such applications while meeting the letter of compliance regulations.

The latest version improves on the previous IMLogic incarnation in mostly incremental ways, but does make play of its better integration with Symantec’s Enterprise Vault, an email-compliance system. It also improves policy enforcement to help tame IM use in ways that should also ease compliance.

The security features remain broadly the same as before, covering real-time protection against worms, spam, viruses and phishing attacks which use the IM channel to proliferate.

"Corporate adoption of IM has been growing at more than 200 percent per year," said Symantec’s Carlin Wiegner. "And with this increase in usage come security risks and compliance requirements. Enterprises need a way to secure, manage, and archive all aspects of enterprise messaging while also insuring compliance with IT policies and government regulations."

All notable IM platforms are covered, including AOL Instant Messenger, GoogleTalk, MSN Messenger, and Yahoo! Messenger, as well as enterprise IM offerings such as Microsoft Live Communications Server, IBM/Lotus Sametime and Jabber, the company said.

One thing not mentioned in the latest feature-set is VoIP protection, another and growing worry for security and compliance. That will have to wait for a future version it seems.

This story first appeared on Techworld.com


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