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Daily Digest: May 13, 2008
Content Control, Compliance, Archiving, E-Discovery, & Data Leak Prevention

Daticon Releases Version 6.3 of its invenio eDiscovery Platform (Comments?)
invenio helps law firms and corporations Discover What Matters

Guidance Software's New EnCase Data Audit and Policy Enforcement Product Enables Organizations to Proactively Search, Identify and Remediate Sensitive Data-at-Rest Across the Network (Comments?)
Solution Reduces Costs, Penalties and Reputational Risks Associated with Leakage of Personally Identifiable Information, Intellectual Property and Other Confidential Data

Onset Technology Announces METAmessage Advanced Compliance Tool for the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution (Comments?)  

Gemalto and McAfee, Inc. introduce simple two-factor authentication for full disk encryption (Comments?)  

Messaging & Collaboration

Eastern Kentucky University Taps FaceTime to Keep Spyware off Campus (Comments?)  

Calgoo Software releases v1.8 for all Calgoo Software products (Comments?)
Calgoo Hub now fully supports Outlook 2003 with the updated Calgoo Hub plugin v1.8

SHAPE Services Acquires Warelex in 2.4 million USD deal (Comments?)
Acquisition expands portfolio with cutting edge Mobiola products and powers revolutionary mobile video broadcasting and social networking service

Hostopia launches fax-to-email service (Comments?)
Private label wholesale service allows telecoms to tap into high growth IP Fax market with key patent license

Inbox/Outbox 2008 (Comments?)  

Blog Item(s)

Abaca ReceiverNet: Interesting Spam Control Technique
We were recently briefed by Abaca, a vendor of spam control technology, on its proprietary ReceiverNet spam control algorithm. Abaca makes impressive claims for the accuracy and performance of ReceiverNet. The underlying algorithms have been explained to us under NDA, and they are very interesting. In essence -- and at the risk of over-simplification -- it relies on understanding the relationships between senders and recipients.

The ReceiverNet algorithm seems to be a good way of automatically generating on-the-fly, per-user whitelists and blacklists, with minimal time delay. The technology employs a more rigorous, statistical approach to this, which we found impressive. It helps to differentiate between purely-spammy senders, and those that appear to send both spam and ham email (for example, where a good sender shares an IP address with a bad sender). This should help prevent false positives.

ReceiverNet also keeps track of what proportions of good and bad email a recipient usually gets. This effectively turns every user into a fuzzy spamtrap. This aggregated data is used to weight the spam/ham decision.

Of course, this idea won't work so well in the case when little or no data is known about the sender -- the "zero-hour" problem. However, ReceiverNet also does statistical analysis of the content of known spam and ham messages. This allows it to compare known content with the content of unknown messages.

If it's still not clear whether the message is spam or ham, ReceiverNet adds it to a separate inbox of "uncertain" messages. It's good to see that Abaca doesn't simply dump the such messages into a huge quarantine -- it's doing what I have often suggested spam control should do: prioritize the quarantine, to show the most likely false positives first.

Of course, no shiny, new spam control technique is perfect. Over the years we've seen many new techniques promise much and deliver little. But we like Abaca's approach, it's very promising. ... Richi Jennings, with Nick Shelness



Upcoming Reports & Events

Preparing for a Meet and Confer Session
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
8:30am Pacific, 11:30am Eastern, 4:30pm UK, 5:30pm CET. One hour.

Litigation today requires that substantial amounts of electronic information be exchanged between the parties. Early on, the litigants must get together for a Meet and Confer session, where they decide what electronic information will be exchanged between the parties, and according to what schedule. In this webinar, Ferris analyst David Ferris and Mark Reichenbach of MetaLINCS examine what to do to be well prepared for the Meet and Confer session. Fritz Mueller also discusses how MetaLINCS' e-discovery software can help. The event concludes with a Q&A session.

To register for the webinar, click here. For more information, click here.

Electronic Discovery: Helping General Counsel Understand IT's Role
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
8:30am Pacific, 11:30am Eastern, 4:30pm UK, 5:30pm CET. One hour.

In-house and external legal teams understand that IT now has an important role in e-discovery, but the details of the role are often unclear. In this webinar, Ferris analyst David Ferris and Fritz Mueller of MetaLINCS discuss IT's role and how general counsel can optimize its relationship with IT. The panel also includes Conrad Jacoby, founder of efficientEDD, a consultancy specializing in e-discovery and litigation information management issues, and MetaLINCS CTO Chuck Williams. The event concludes with a Q&A session.

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