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Daily Digest: August 12, 2008
Content Control, Compliance, Archiving, E-Discovery, & Data Leak Prevention

Message Partners Announces New Email Content Controls for Compliance and Law Enforcement Applications  

MACCIUS to offer Hosted Email Archiving Service powered by Sonian  

Messaging & Collaboration

IBM Helps People Stay Connected With New Software And Mobile Devices
Mobility@Work Consulting Service for Telecommuting

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

Butler University Deploys Innovative Hybrid Solution From Proofpoint to Stop Spam and Viruses
Hybrid Deployment of Physical and Virtual Appliances Provides Cost-Effective Way for University to Manage High Volume of Inbound Email, Stopping Nearly a Million Spam Messages a Day

Visual Voice Mail from Verizon Wireless gives customers a new way to manage their messages  

Ensim Releases Unify Shared Edition 4.5 Supporting Microsoft Latest Release  

JBuddy XMPP Gateway Adds Public IM to XMPP Servers
JBuddy XMPP Gateway provides public IM connectivity to organizations running popular XMPP servers in order to improve communication with partners, vendors and customers

Blog Item(s)

Titus Labs Classification: Update

The correct classification of certain types of electronically stored information (ESI) is important. It's a big help with things like:

  • Information retrieval, access control, and retention/deletion.
  • Compliance and policy enforcement.
  • Data security: to prevent inadvertent disclosure and trigger encryption.
  • Protection of intellectual property.

Ideally, ESI is automatically classified. However, this is often unreliable, and manual classification thus has a role to play. Having the user assign a business category helps determine the proper handling of the data and can trigger the right protection at the right time.

Titus Labs is a leader in the field of user-based ESI categorization. In summary:

  • Support for Outlook and OWA email, plus Word, Excel, and PPT documents.
  • Users choose the classification from a pick list.
  • Processing of emails can be varied based on policy. For example, users can be asked to check if they really want to send an email to a recipient, or they can be forbidden to do so.
  • Uses a client plugin (except for OWA support).
  • Little head-on competition, although data leak prevention vendors represent some level of competition.
  • Company has mainly focused on military and government markets, and these represent around 70% of current revenues. Here classification schemes have been long established and are well understood.
  • Company is now expanding its marketing efforts to commercial organizations.
  • Revenues not disclosed; Ferris Research estimates them at $7M to $9M.

There are no standard methods to store classifications. Titus stores email categories in MAPI properties or in X-headers; for Office documents, they go in document properties or XML. This allows category information to be shared with third-party technology. ... David Ferris


Socialtext Wiki Gets Built-In Spreadsheets

Leading commercial wiki vendor Socialtext has just added spreadsheet support. This is a very interesting development and substantially enhances the value of a wiki. For example:

  • Spreadsheets are used as a convenient tool for many nonfinancial applications, such as simple databases and presentation graphics.
  • Multiple people can work on the same spreadsheet. Among other things, that substantially reduces the number of bugs.
  • Users can get notifications of changes through the standard wiki notifications.
  • Different spreadsheets can be linked.

The capability was developed with Dan Bricklin, co-developer of VisiCalc, the first PC spreadsheet.

This is the only full-function-spreadsheet-in-a-wiki of which we are aware. We hope such capabilities become the norm. ... David Ferris



Upcoming Reports & Events

Call for Speakers
"Emerging Technology: Compliance, Content Control, and Data Leak Prevention"
September 24, 2008

We invite up-and-coming vendors of products or services in compliance, content control, and data leak prevention to speak at this Ferris Research webinar:

  • Detailed event description is here
  • Audience is mixture of IT planners, corporate compliance and legal staff, vendor management, investors
  • Typical size: 100 to 200 registrants
  • Normally your CEO or CTO will present

To participate, email david.ferris@ferris.com, indicating:

  • Name and title of your proposed speaker
  • Top three reasons what you're doing is emerging and/or innovative and/or interesting

If we accept your proposal, we will ask you to promote the event to your customers and prospective customers.

Emerging Technology: Compliance, Content Control, and Data Leak Prevention
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008
8:30 a.m. Pacific, 11:30 a.m. Eastern, 4:30 p.m. U.K., 5:30 p.m. CET. One hour.

In this event, David Ferris introduces three new or newish vendors that he finds interesting or innovative in the overlapping fields of compliance, content control, and data leak prevention. Each vendor's CEO briefly describes the company's business; then he or she and David discuss the business and its industry context. A Q&A period follows.

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

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About Ferris Research

Ferris Research studies messaging, and the control of electronic information. More specifically, we help IT staff evaluate and implement products and services that:

  • Provide messaging and collaborative technologies
  • Archive electronic information
  • Ensure compliance with corporate policy, industry regulations, and laws
  • Facilitate e-discovery, and contain its costs
  • Reduce the dangers of information leaks

Email is the most important type of electronic information that requires control today. Other important types include instant messages, Sharepoint teamspaces, images, voice, video, and miscellaneous desktop files.

We've been in business since 1990--longer than any other analyst firm in our field:

  • Clients include 300 of the world's 1,000 largest organizations, and computer vendors from the largest corporations to small startups
  • While other analysts have come and gone, we've published more than 200 formal reports and 1,100 short bulletins
  • Our news service covers more than 2,000 highly specialized announcements annually
  • We have nine experts in our research team, sharing many decades of experience in our core competencies

In short, our technology and industry depth helps you understand today's products, where they've come from and where they're going.

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