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Daily Digest: July 23, 2008  
Content Control, Compliance, Archiving, E-Discovery, & Data Leak Prevention

Australian Department of Defence Selects Titus Labs Email Classification Solutions for 100,000 users
Titus Labs Enables Defence Agency to Protect Sensitive Information and Meet Australian Government Regulations

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

Mimosa Helps Nation's Largest Diversified Industrial Real Estate Provider to Dramatically Reduce E-Discovery Process and Email Management Costs
First Industrial Realty Trust Says Mimosa Systems' Live Content Archiving Solution Ensures Business Continuity with "One-Click" Disaster Recovery

ArcMail Announces First Email Archiving Appliance With Built-in Blu-Ray Backup and Email Export Capability
Blu-Ray drive enables fast, direct backup and the ability to export email directly to DVD and Blu-Ray media for use in discovery, Freedom of Information requests or internal investigations

C2C delivers innovative Archiving Architecture independent of external databases
Archive One solution delivers simplicity, reliability, reduced overheads without any impact from database infrastructure, server issues

DocuLex Archive Studio Software Automates Information Management for Professional Services Provider
DocuLex Archive Studio software automates information management for professional services provider via easy to use workflow automation and instant document access

Messaging & Collaboration

OZ introduces OZ SmartMail, bringing advanced mobile email to today's demanding smartphone user
Delivers enterprise quality email offering for growing prosumer market; enables carriers to rollout advanced new service, enhance smartphone revenues

Sunbelt Software Announces VIPRE Antivirus + Antispyware
All new next-generation security product delivers comprehensive protection against a broad range of threats, with high performance and low system resource usage

Intrepidus Group Introduces PhishMe to Help Organizations Deal With Growing Pandemic of Spear Phishing
Web-based User Awareness Training Solution Helps Companies Protect Vital Information From Cyber Criminals

MicroWorld announces MailScan 5.6 for Mail Servers
MicroWorld, the leading AntiVirus and Content Security solution provider announced the release of MailScan 5.6 version, the comprehensive content security software for Mail Servers

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Courts Will Tolerate Search Inaccuracies

Today, courts sometimes ask parties to a suit to justify the relevance and accuracy of their search algorithms. That's a problem:

  • You can't explain the algorithm, because the search vendor doesn't reveal its proprietary secrets.
  • Even if the vendor were to explain its algorithms, chances are a cocktail of approaches are used with varying weightings assigned to different filter criteria. Explanations of such algorithms are of questionable value.

Long term, this will be a less pressing issue. Search engines aren't perfect. They often list material that's irrelevant, and they often miss material that is relevant. There's a trade-off: The less information that's overlooked, the more irrelevant material you'll have to sift through.

However, human beings have similar problems. They are subject to not understanding, or having slept poorly the night before and thus doing a slipshod job.

As time goes by, courts will get more and more comfortable with the fact that search technology isn't perfect--in just the same way as they recognize that humans can make errors. ... David Ferris



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  • Reduce the dangers of information leaks

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