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Content Control, Compliance, Archiving, E-Discovery, & Data Leak Prevention

Striata eBilling gives IREA 14% enrollment at Go-Live
Striata Email Bill Presentment & Payment expected to reduce IREA billing costs by 80%

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

Open Text to Acquire Captaris
Combined Capabilities for Document, Data Capture and ERP Integration Enhanced
Comment on Open Text here

Messaging & Collaboration

EnableTS Launches ISP Platform with Enhanced E-mail Features  

Brunswick Corporation Switches to Blue Coat WebFilter Database and Cloud-Based Service for URL Filtering
Adds Blue Coat WebFilter to ProxySG Appliances for Acceptable Usage and Policy Enforcement and Malware Protection
Comment on Blue Coat here

Hagerman & Company Deploys Mi5 Networks for Web Security
Webgate Eliminates Manual Disinfection of Malware and Botnets; Helps Company Reclaim Internet Bandwidth Consumed by Rogue Traffic

TimeBridge Becomes First Scheduling Application to Integrate with Apple iCal
TimeBridge now integrated with three top calendaring applications: Outlook, Google Calendar and Apple iCal, and also available on mobile devices including iPhone and BlackBerry

SunGard to Unveil Next Generation Messaging Platform at Sibos  

Illinois Small Business Moves to AVG Anti-Virus for Computer Security Peace of Mind
Humboldt Manufacturing chooses AVG Anti-Virus when "big name" protection falls short

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Deep Data Erasure From Blancco

Blancco offers data erasure tools. This area will soon be seen as important for compliance and archiving purposes.


  • As readers may be aware, deleting a file is unlikely to really delete the information. Chunks of the information remain. It's hard to get rid of information.
  • That's what Blancco does. Cutely, it describes itself as a offering "tools of mass data destruction." Typically every bit is flipped several times, randomly. Initially this was done at disk level, now it's also done at the file level.


  • Main customers are PC refurbishers who clean up hard disks and PCs.
  • Blancco is starting to sell to storage systems vendors such as Sun, HP, and EMC, so they can provide deep data expunging.

Company Statistics

  • Profitable.
  • Calendar 2007 revenues 2.4M euros ($3.6M), with 240K euros ($360K) net profit.
  • Calendar 2008 revenues projected at $7M.
  • 40 staff.
  • HQ in Joensuu, an obscure Finnish town near the Russian border. Joensuu is fondly remembered by your correspondent as a place where he once went into the local supermarket and was amazed by the quality of design of everyday objects.

Clearly, Blancco has good opportunities driven by compliance needs. Defunct storage systems need to be deep cleaned. Today, they often aren't. This is a compliance disaster waiting to happen, millions of times over. Consider, for example, a bank's PCs, many of which contain sensitive customer information. ... David Ferris



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