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

FTI Announces Availability of Attenex Patterns 5.0
Enhancements to help IT departments administer and enforce a repeatable in-house eDiscovery process

Return Path Acquires Habeas--Your Input Requested

Proofpoint Acquires Fortiva--Your Input Requested

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

Archive Attender voted MSExchange.org Readers' Choice Award Winner - Second Runner-up  

iCONECT and Wave Software Collaborate  

MessageSolution Enterprise Email Archive Wins MSExchange.org Readers' Choice Award for Exchange Archiving  

IntApp and Recommind Partner to Strengthen Confidentiality Controls for Law Firms
Recommind integrating its Decisiv Email email management platform with IntApp's Wall Builder confidentiality management product, enabling firms to give attorneys rapid access to client information while maintaining internal access controls

Messaging & Collaboration

South Carolina ISP Dumps Big Name Virus Protection in Favor of AVG Anti-Virus
Baja Broadband moves to AVG Anti-Virus Network Edition after competing product fails to keep viruses out of their network

 
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Snapshot:Proofpoint -- Spam and Virus Control, DLP, Archiving

Business Value of Proofpoint's Offerings

  • Suppresses spam and email-borne viruses, so users time isn't wasted.
  • Helps ensure sensitive information (e.g., customer bank account numbers, intellectual property) isn't sent to people it shouldn't be sent to.
  • Archiving of emails, for easy search and access, to respond better to lawsuits, and to satisfy laws and regulations requiring such archiving.

Current Offering

  • Email-based spam, phishing, and virus control; policy-based encryption.
  • Filtering of outbound information to prevent data leaks. This covers many types of content, including email and attachments, webmail, files, FTP, instant messaging, and blog postings.
  • Archiving (SaaS only, through recent Fortiva acquisition).
  • Secure file transfer. This is a secondary offering, and not described on Proofpoint's Web site.
  • FTP, HTTP scanning, for data leak protection. This is a secondary offering, and not described on Proofpoint's Web site.
  • Majority of components can be purchased as customer-premises software (option to run as virtual device), customer-premises appliance, or SaaS.
  • Majority of products have same code base across customer-premises software, customer-premises appliance, customer-premises virtual device, SaaS.

Customer Sweet Spot

  • The majority of customers are medium-sized (250 employees+) and large organizations.

Company Statistics

  • Founded 2002.
  • Revenues: privately held, not disclosed. Ferris Research estimates current rate at $40M annually.
  • Growth rate: GAAP revenues for calendar 2007 were up 50% on calendar 2006; calendar 2008 projected at 70% over calendar 2007. (Source: VP Marketing Sandra Vaughan, August 13, 2008.)
  • Financing to date: $86M. Last round 1Q08 for $28M, for acquisitions and growth; sources indicate a $300M valuation.

Main Competition

Main Competitive Strengths, as Perceived by Company

  • Strong spam control: good catch rates with low false positives.
  • Focus on email security, so can provide effective and personalized pre- and post-sales support for larger organizations.
  • Customers can have dedicated SaaS environment separate from other organizations, helping to provide for privacy.
  • Breadth of functionality: spam/virus/malware control, DLP, and archiving. Many competitors are limited to spam/virus/malware control.
  • Spam effectiveness -- higher catch rate with few false positives.
  • Not distracted by an overreliance on sender reputation for spam filtering, which usefully strengthens the emphasis on content filtering.
  • Strong archiving (via the recent Fortiva acquisition) -- SaaS only.
  • Multiple servers are managed as a unified, integrated system, from a single place -- on-premise only.

Challenges

  • Proofpoint's focus today is primarily on email. It needs to extend the core capabilities to other protocols (e.g., IM, HTTP, FTP, print streams, file server I/O) and data at rest. That's tough to do.
  • The archiving capabilities delivered by the acquisition of Fortiva are an attractive enhancement to the SaaS offering. It's to be regretted that these capabilities aren't provided by the customer-premises offerings.
  • Proofpoint's technology is mainly located at the Internet boundary. To build a strong content control offering, it needs to extend its technology to the interior of customers' networks.
  • An important strength is the integrated, single point of administration of the spam/virus/malware/DLP technology. However, Fortiva's archiving and e-discovery code base is entirely separate, and will need to be integrated. That's tough to do, and is likely to detract from the single-point-of-administration strength.

Other Comments

  • Company is doing well. It's a survivor among the myriad spam control firms that have appeared and disappeared over the last few years.
  • Company hopes for an IPO in 2009; an acquisition is also an obvious exit route for investors.
  • There are no immediate plans to integrate the Fortiva SaaS archiving service into the core Proofpoint offerings.
  • SaaS offering was launched in 2008; it's doing well and Proofpoint estimates it will constitute around 20% of revenues by the end of 2008.
  • Proofpoint sells exclusively through channels for the SME market. These are typically systems integrators such as SBS Security and Fish.Net. This is a bold commitment to its partners.
  • Proofpoint also has a strong direct sales and support organization aimed at larger organizations; but even here, all these sales are in collaboration with partners.

... David Ferris

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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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Wednesday, August 27, 2008
  Aug 28, Daily Compliance & Messaging News
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Messaging & Collaboration

Agnitum unleashes new Spam Terrier 2.0
Still free, and now compatible with Vista mail, The Bat! and 64-bit clients

Return Path Acquires Habeas--Your Input Requested

Proofpoint Acquires Fortiva--Your Input Requested

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

ICM Selects Webroot Email Security SaaS For Advanced Business Continuity  

Dakota Software Announces Technology Licensing Agreement with Sunbelt Software for Comprehensive Email Security Solution
Innovative VIPRE Anti-malware Technology Is Core of New Email Protection Suite

Cisco Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire PostPath
PostPath's Email and Calendaring Software to Enhance Cisco's WebEx Collaboration Platform

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Cisco Acquires PostPath
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We are writing a report on this transaction. If you have any information that you think might be relevant, we'd like to hear from you. Please contact David Ferris at +1 (415) 367-3436, or david.ferris@ferris.com. Unless you indicate otherwise, we’ll assume all communications are confidential.

We're especially interested in information that is typically not disclosed, such as the following:

  • Nature of the $215m payment (eg, cash, equity, pay off debts)
  • Price/revenue ratio
  • Return for common and privileged stockholders
  • Valuations and amounts of funding rounds
  • Other bidders, how the sale was negotiated
  • PostPath revenue and expenses history
  • # real paying customers of PostPath


Cisco to Buy Exchange-Alternative Vendor PostPath

Suddenly, things are getting interesting again in the Exchange-alternatives market.

The quintessential growth-by-acquisition specialist, Cisco, has just announced that it's acquiring PostPath.

Once again, Cisco makes a sound investment in an email technology vendor. Just like it did with IronPort. Great choice.

PostPath is the vendor who reverse-engineered the Exchange client protocol, MAPI/RPC, and the related on-the-wire details needed to make a vanilla install of Outlook talk to a non-Exchange mail server with full fidelity. It's an impressive feat.

Of all the other Exchange alternatives, PostPath has the most interesting architecture. And I say that as one who has years emotionally invested in the OpenMail technology!

All the others rely on additional software on the desktop. In the case of OpenMail/SamsungContact/Scalix/Domino/etc., a MAPI service provider "plugin". Or, like Bynari/OpenXchange/etc., a separate app that synchronized an IMAP store with an Outlook.PST (personal store file).

We think Cisco fell out of love with Microsoft a while back. Something to do with VoIP support in Exchange and how Cisco thought it was Microsoft's partner but it turned out that Microsoft was competing with them.

Sounds like Cisco wants to offer SaaS collaboration, based on PostPath and WebEx. Whoever said the email world has become dull and uninteresting?

... Richi Jennings, with thanks to Jeff Brainard for the tip

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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.


Have news you want to share with us or product or interest area that you would like us to cover? Send press releases to releases@ferris.com.

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

Discovery Attender for Exchange Adds Regular Expressions and MD5 Hashing
Sherpa Software Releases Discovery Attender for Exchange Version 3.0

Return Path Acquires Habeas--Your Input Requested

Proofpoint Acquires Fortiva--Your Input Requested

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

KMWorld Magazine Honors AXS-One Compliance Platform as 'Trend-Setting Product' for Fourth Straight Year  

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher Chooses CA to Power Paper & Electronic Records Management
CA Records Manager Selected by Global Law Firm to Manage, Control and Discover Information Across Multiple Repositories

Interwoven and LexisNexis Team Up to Introduce Integrated Solution
Industry Leaders Combine Strengths in Enterprise Search, Document Management, and Legal Content and Analysis for Streamlined Workflow Approach To Knowledge Management

Interwoven RecordsManager Enhancements Empower Organizations to Centralize and Automate their Records Management Process
New Role-Based Capabilities Simplify User Experience and Streamline Records Processes

CommVault Collaborates with Industry-Leading Organizations to Continue Driving Awareness of Electronic Discovery
CommVault Advances Support for Electronic Discovery Reference Model

Autonomy's FRCP-Compliant Pan-Enterprise Search Selected "2008 Trendsetter" by KNWorld Magazine  

Clearwell Introduces Ground-Breaking E-Discovery Search Capabilities With Transparent Search
New Testing, Sampling, and Iterative Refinement Capabilities Enable More Defensible Best Practices for E-Discovery Search

Fios extends e-discovery services through strategic partnerships with iCONECT, Content Analyst and Exterro
Partnerships with advanced technology providers further extend Fios' leadership in helping clients address review, search and legal hold management requirements

Bresnan Communications Selects Mimosa Systems' Integrated Content Archiving Solution to Protect Its Interal Email Data
Fast-Growing Telecommunications Firm Uses Mimosa NearPoint to Consolidate Rapidly Growing Exchange Database and Speed Information Discovery

Messaging & Collaboration

Alt-N Technologies Releases Newest Version of MDaemon Email Server for Windows
Updated User Interface and Web Mail Client Enhances Version 10 of the Trusted Exchange Alternative

Alt-N Technologies Releases FREE Version of the Popular MDaemon Email Server for Windows
Home and SOHO Users Can Deploy the Globally Trusted Email Software in a FREE 5 User License

Marshal Selected by the Government Services unit of Perot Systems  

MessageLabs Acquires Leading Image Analysis Technology Provider Fortium ICA  

Novell Teaming Starter Pack Helps Customers and Partners Jump Start Productivity with Next Generation Collaboration Tools
New Novell program provides customers and partners free licenses and tools to test drive enterprise social networking and team collaboration solution

Teneros' Application Continuity Appliance Protects Workman|Nydegger Email Data
Law Firm Workman|Nydegger's Director of IT Praises Teneros Product

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Kaspersky Update

Kaspersky is a successful second-tier anti-virus vendor. The company has flourished by producing anti-virus signatures faster than its competitors. Marketing so far has been informal, spread primarily by word of mouth and the electronic equivalent. Here's an update:

  • Main services: virus control, riskware/adware/pornware control, spyware control, spam and banner advertising control, phishing/dialers/network attack control.
  • Major new version of technology coming out in late 2008. Will have:
    • Much faster scanning.
    • Ability to whitelist software that is recognized as good. Instead of just saying "Pass" or Bad," the technology can now say "Good," "Pass," or "Bad," helping to avoid false positives.
    • Sandbox environment in which suspect code can be tested to see if it's behaved abnormally.
    • Improved automated exception handling for users (power users still have normal management capabilities).
  • Main competitors: Symantec/Norton, Trend, McAfee.
  • Kaspersky's view of its competitive strengths:
    • The new whitelisting feature.
    • Higher performance.
    • Protection more transparent and less intrusive for users.
  • Calendar 2007 bookings were $203M; profitable.
  • Calendar 2008 bookings expect to be up 40% on 2007.
  • All sales are through channels, supported by telemarketing and direct sales to large organizations.
  • 10% to 15% of revenues were in the U.S.; company is investing to grow this, e.g., in a more professional marketing organization.

... David Ferris

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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.


Have news you want to share with us or product or interest area that you would like us to cover? Send press releases to releases@ferris.com.

Copyright © Ferris Research 2008.


 
Monday, August 25, 2008
  Aug 26, Daily Compliance & Messaging News
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Open Text Announces Comprehensive Email Lifecycle Management Solution for Law Firms
Solution Helps Law Firms Define, Secure and Control Email Content from Creation to Disposition; Significantly Boosts Productivity While Reducing Storage and IT costs

Return Path Acquires Habeas--Your Input Requested

Proofpoint Acquires Fortiva--Your Input Requested

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

PGP Corporation Extends Enterprise Data Protection to Applications, Devices and Multiple Operating Systems
New Versions of PGP Solutions Increase Policy Control and Data Protection for Greater Security

MetaLINCS Introduces E-Discovery First Pass Processing Now Available as an Appliance and Managed Service
Roll the Appliance In and Begin Culling and Deduplicating Massive Amounts of Data Within an Hour

CT Summation Delivers Discovery Cracker 5.2 with Unicode Support
Enhanced in-house and hosted eDiscovery application ideal for law firms, corporate legal departments and processors

CT Summation Launches CaseVantage Online Hosted eDiscovery Solution
Software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering available to legal professionals for review, evaluation, and production

Recommind Extends eDiscovery Leadership With Axcelerate eDiscovery 3.0
Latest Release Adds Automatic Language Detection, Built-in Workflow Management and Administration to Industry's Most Advanced Review and Analysis Solution

Messaging & Collaboration

Hawaii's Punahou School Deploys Secure Computing's Secure Web to Bolster Internet Security
Leading Private School Cites "Green" Features as Primary Reason for Selecting the Security Solution

Chiquita Brands Migrates to Managed e-Mail Service
Chiquita Deploys Azaleos Premises-based Microsoft Exchange E-mail Service

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Return Path Buys Habeas

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On August 12, 2008, Return Path announced it will buy Habeas.

This is a merger of directly competing companies.

What Return Path and Habeas Do

  • Spam is a large proportion of email. Many technologies exist to suppress spam emails, so that users don't have to deal with them.
  • Spam control technologies often suppress bona fide emails. For example, a bank might email out 2 million statement announcements to its customers. These are bona fide, but many spam control products will treat these as spam and stop the emails being delivered to recipients.
  • Return Path and Habeas offer technology and consulting to help:
    • Senders of email maximize the chance that their emails get through spam filters.
    • ISPs and other service providers improve their abilities to catch spam.
  • The core of this business is the maintenance of a database of electronic addresses of senders that are very likely to be sending bona fide email--known as a "whitelist" or "safelist."
  • Both organizations also offer delivery monitoring (determining how much email actually gets through to inboxes and gets read), scoring (evaluating an email on its likelihood to get treated as spam), and rendering services (making sure emails appear to recipients the way the sender wants them to appear).
  • The main users of such technology are:
    • Email marketers and publishers such as National Geographic and eBay, which need to have as much of their email as possible arrive in users' inboxes.
    • ISPs such as Comcast and RoadRunner, and companies that provide spam control technology such as Cloudmark and Bizanga.

Buyer Return Path Background

  • Founded in 2002.
  • 175 staff pre-acquisition.
  • Revenues: calendar 2006 $20M; calendar 2007 $27M; calendar 2008 $35M (estimated).
  • Roughly half of Return Path's revenues come from deliverability.

Seller Habeas Background

  • Founded in 2002.
  • 40 staff.

Benefits for Buyer Return Path

  • Habeas charged much less than Return Path and the other main deliverability specialist, Pivotal Veracity. Habeas' removal makes it easier for Return Path to maintain its pricing.
  • Return Path was the largest vendor in its niche; Habeas the second largest. Thus it consolidates its position as market leader.
  • Deliverability revenues will be increased by 30%-40% with little additional cost after a short adjustment period.
  • Habeas clients are mainly midsized email marketers and publishers, while Return Path's clients are mainly larger businesses. Thus Habeas' sales and marketing team help Return Path expand its reach and visibility into the midmarket.
  • Economies of scale. Return Path goes from:
    • 1,000 email marketing and publishing clients to 1,500 such clients.
    • 100 ISPs and filtering firms (e.g., spam control vendors) to 130 such clients.

Benefits for Seller Habeas

  • Sales and marketing staff will have continued employment opportunities, within Return Path.

Seller Habeas: Valuation Considerations

  • Revenues: calendar 2007 $5M; calendar 2008 projected $8M.
  • Revenue growth rate: 50%.
  • Not profitable; had run out of cash.
  • 40 staff.
  • Funding to date: Total of $10M:
    • August 2002, Series A funding round led by Skymoon Ventures.
    • September 2004 B round for $7.5 million, led by Canaan Partners and Diamondhead Ventures (included Skymoon Ventures).
  • 400 paying clients in the email marketing and publishing field, 30 that are ISPs and filtering firms (e.g., spam control vendors).
  • Was unable to raise further money, either by equity or loans. Thus it was forced to find a buyer or go out of business.
  • Had difficulty finding a buyer. It was reduced to a fire sale to a single bidder, its main competitor.

Terms of Deal

  • Price not disclosed. It was a cash deal, with a Ferris Research preliminary estimate of $1M; the figure was not greater than $4M. Ferris Research suspects that all or most of this money was used to pay off a bank line of credit.
  • Ferris Research preliminary estimate of price/revenue ratio: .2 to 1.
  • All common shares and stock options worthless. Ferris Research preliminary estimate is that preferred investors get between $0.00 and $0.05 back on each $1.00 put in.

Comparable Deals

The reputation management/email deliverability field is small. We are not aware of directly comparable deals. The following have some overlap, however:

Buyer/Seller Date Description Price
Proofpoint/Fortiva 6/08 Spam control vendor buys archiving firm $155M
Google/Postini 7/07 Purchase of malware filtering firm with archiving $625M
Websense/PortAuthority 1/07 URL filtering firm buys data leak prevention firm $90M
Cisco/Ironport 1/07 Spam control, reputation services $850M

Technology Integration Plans

  • Habeas' technology will not be integrated with that of Return Path.
  • Habeas' technology will be abandoned.

Possible Negatives/Concerns About the Merger

  • Return Path will probably need to increase the fees it charges Habeas clients. Many may stop being clients as a result.
  • The two companies felt strongly competitive, and staff in both companies often felt antipathy towards the other organization. Habeas sales and marketing staff, and any others retained by Return Path, may not find their new home attractive.

Other Ferris Research Comments

  • Original asking price was approximately $20 million.
  • Other players offering deliverability services include Cisco/SenderBase, Cloudmark, ISIPP, Goodmail, Lyris, Pivotal Veracity, and Secure Computing/CipherTrust.
  • Pivotal Veracity is now Return Path's main competitor.
  • Habeas was initially put on the market for $20M. There were no takers. Habeas was very keen not to be sold to Return Path, its major competitor. However, Return Path was the only bidder, and it was forced to accept Return Path's offer.
  • New email reputation technologies are still being developed. Expect new players to emerge.
  • Content-based filtering, such as where you scan for suspicious words or phrases, are useful techniques for spam control. However, they are unreliable and compute-intensive. Much weeding out of malware is done by checking senders' IP or other identifying addresses. Return Path is a leader in providing reputation information based on the sender's behaviour

Got Additional Relevant Information?

  • We're especially interested in information on the following:
    • Price paid.
    • The extent of bank debt paid off.
    • Total funds raised by Habeas.
    • Return on $ for preferred investors.
  • Contact David Ferris at +1 (415) 367-3436, or david.ferris@ferris.com. Unless you indicate otherwise, we'll assume all communications are confidential.

... David Ferris

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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.


Have news you want to share with us or product or interest area that you would like us to cover? Send press releases to releases@ferris.com.

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