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Daily Digest: May 14, 2008
Content Control, Compliance, Archiving, E-Discovery, & Data Leak Prevention

MessageSolution Enterprise Email Archive 5.0 Receives a Network Products Guide 2008 Product Innovation Award (Comments?)
MessageSolution Enterprise Email Archive 5.0 Selected Winner in Enterprise Email & File Archiving Category

hsc Releases Compass Version 1.0 (Comments?)  

Founders Bank & Trust Selects GuardianEdge to Protect Sensitive Customer Data and Address Regulatory Challenges (Comments?)
GuardianEdge Data Protection Platform Provides Strong Approach to Securing Financial Institution's Laptops and Other Endpoints

nCipher partners with Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. to provide storage encryption solutions for credit union industry (Comments?)
Jack Henry & Associates' Symitar subsidiary to resell nCipher's CryptoStor storage encryption and key management appliance as part of its financial services security offering

Messaging & Collaboration

Commtouch and Scalix Collaboration Brings Real Time Messaging Security to Linux-based E-mail Servers (Comments?)
New Scalix Release Incorporates Commtouch Anti-Spam and Zero-Hour Virus Outbreak Protection Technologies

Proofpoint Secure File Transfer Improves Security of Sending Large or Confidential Files via Email, while Reducing Email Infrastructure Costs (Comments?)
Proofpoint Secure File Transfer Addresses the Security, Compliance and Usability Issues Associated with Sending Large File Attachments via Email

Wimba Unveils Pronto in Europe (Comments?)
The Only Academic-Centric Instant Messaging Platform Enhances Real-time Collaboration for Students, Faculty and Administration

Blog Item(s)

Measuring False Negatives and IP Reputation
Richi Jennings noted in a recent bulletin the claim from BorderWare of getting 98.3% detection using IP Reputation (DNSRBLs), and that other sources suggested 75%.

Isode has been making measurements of false negative rates, published in a white paper, "Measuring the False Negative Rate for Isode's M-Switch Anti-Spam."

Our measurements suggest that the (public) DNSRBLs we use hit about 90% of spam. Well-managed DNSRBLs seem an effective way to detect spam, because they have a very low false positive rate. We use DNSRBLs to mark messages (rather than reject at the SMTP server), so we can examine quarantine to check for false positives.

A further 5% can be hit by two other reputation mechanisms:

  1. SPF (which is well known) is reasonably effective, but can produce some false positives, particularly in conjunction with mailing lists.
  2. SURBL detects URLs within messages, using an underlying RBL mechanism.

Isode's M-Switch anti-spam can hit most of the remaining spam with a variety of other spam markers and content scoring (using Support Vector Machine derived tables). General-purpose content scoring appears to work very well for many users, but aggressive checking leads to false positives for others, which can be mitigated by use of whitelists.

It seems conceivable that rates higher than 90% can be achieved using public DNSRBLs, although experience suggests that some (poorly managed) DNSRBLs lead to false positives. ... Steve Kille



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.

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

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