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Daily Digest: July 17, 2008  
Messaging & Collaboration

Tumbleweed Releases MailGate 3.6
New Version Integrates S/MIME, Extends DLP Reporting, and Streamlines FIPS Certification – Added Features Appeal to Governmental Agencies and Regulated Industries

Survey of Archiving Products -- Let us know what you think about the archiving products you use. If you add your own data, we will send you a summary of the findings. The survey just started--great if you can help get this off the ground by contributing your own policies

Survey of Retention Policies -- See the retention policies for various organizations here. If you add your own data, we will send you a summary of the findings

Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security Increases Disaster Preparedness Efforts by Leveraging ArcMail to Manage Critical Email  

Nanette Lepore Standardizes on SonicWALL Technology For Its Network Security Infrastructure
Working with Systems Integrator Webistix Haute Couture Designer selects SonicWALL for anti-virus, e-mail, back-up and remote access security solutions

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Email Overload: Are you Affected?

Over the coming weeks we will be blogging a series on email and information overload. As part of this series, we will be running some quizzes, and also posting some challenges.

We are very interested in hearing from you on the following questions. Send your responses to david.sengupta@ferris.com (if you wish to remain anonymous) or leave a comment at the foot of this post:

  1. Do constant interruptions at work (email, IM, phone, etc.) cause you to feel ADD-like symptoms, often referred to as Attention Deficit Trait (ADT)?
  2. Do people in your company constantly read email during meetings?
  3. Do your colleagues constantly read their BlackBerries or Windows Mobile devices?
  4. How much time (hours) do you spend reading email every day?
  5. What percentage of time spent on email is "wasted" that you could have been productive?
  6. Does reading work email at home cause stress on your family/personal life?
  7. If someone emails you a question during working hours, how many hours can go by before you are expected to respond?
  8. Compared to 12 months ago, do you work more hours triaging email or less? How many more/less hours per week?
  9. If you carry a mobile email device, could you turn it off and leave it on your desk at work without looking at it for 24 hours?
  10. What strategies do you use to cope with "information overload"?

Stay tuned. And join in the discussion. We will expand on various "coping strategies" and will challenge you to take some "challenges" with us.

Challenge #1: If you carry a BlackBerry or Windows Mobile device, turn it off (yes, now), put it down on your desk but within sight of where you sit during the daytime, and spend the rest of your workday without touching the device. (Betcha can't.)

Once you've tried this, feel free to leave a comment with your experiences. ... David Sengupta


DLP: LoB Users Must Help IT in Policy Definition

Today, it's IT's job to define information leakage policy within an organization.

This isn't right. IT can't do a good job with this alone. Teamwork is needed among IT and user departments in order to determine what the policies should be.

This is easier said than done. Many user departments are evasive, and seek to avoid responsibility. But they must get involved, as they are more sensitive to the issues than IT.

Once policy has been defined, IT can be responsible for implementing technology that enforces policy. ... David Ferris



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