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Daily Digest: July 1, 2009

Mailspect MPP Adopts Sphinx Index Engine
Leading Email Archiving Solution Adopts Sphinx, a free Open Source SQL Indexing Engine Offering Scalable Archive Search and Fast Retrieval

Mimosa Systems Expands proactive eDiscovery Capabilities With Industry's Most Comprehensive Enterprise Archiving Solution
New Mimosa NearPoint Solution Expedites eDiscovery, Adds Multiple Capture Methods, and Provides End-users Offline Access to Archived Content

Messaging & Collaboration

BizCom Launches Hosted Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Upgrade
Providing Secure and Reliable Enterprise-Class eCommunication Solutions in a Hosted Environment

Momail wins prestigious global mobile messaging award
Momail's focus on providing consumers with the best mobile email service available is recognized with a prestigious Mobile Messaging award from leading industry group, 160Characters Association
Webroot Enhances Web, Email and Data Security with New SaaS Releases
Updates to Webroot security services provide quota support to manage Internet use policies and a new policy-based encryption service to secure sensitive email communications
StopBadware.org, Sunbelt Software Partner to Fight Badware
New Data Will Allow Broader Reach, Richer Analysis
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GTB Inspector: Data Leak Prevention

GTB Technologies makes a data leak prevention product called GTB Inspector. It's recently been revamped. Here's a summary:

  • Appliance dynamically scans all protocols and ports over a network link.
  • Can log/quarantine/block/redact offending material.
  • Policy-based encryption.
  • Also scans endpoints; e.g., for downloads to detachable USB drive.
  • Main competition: Symantec/Vontu, McAfee/Reconnex.
  • Does real-time content checking so can catch material on the fly.
  • Pricing: $20,000 for base unit, plus user pricing (e.g., $49.94/user for 500 users, $32.25/user for 10,000 users).
  • Company is privately held.


  • The DLP market is still very small, despite plenty of hype. Most vendors have very small revenues. For example, one of the more visible players, Reconnex, was doing about $4M/year when it was sold to McAfee in late 2008. Ferris Research estimates that the market for DLP solutions does not currently exceed $100M.
  • GTB was missed in the recent wave of acquisitions of DLP products, in which EMC/RSA acquired Tablus, Symantec acquired Vontu, Websense acquired PortAuthority, and more recently McAfee acquired Reconnex. Vericept and GTB are some of the independents left.
  • CEO Uzi Yair believes the major strengths of the product are:
    • Greater accuracy than with competing technologies. This may very well be the case; with an hour's demonstration of the product, we were unable to corroborate the assertion. If he's right, this would be an important advantage. Inaccuracy is a major problem with today's data leak prevention technology. We're tentatively skeptical about the assertion of greater accuracy; we'd be delighted to be proven wrong.
    • The ability to block material in real time. Yair says his competitors can't do this; they can only log offending material. We're surprised at this, but if his assertion about the competitors is correct, we'd agree it's an important strength.
    • The product scans all ports and protocols; Yair asserts, again to our surprise, that the competition doesn't do this. If they don't, they should.

... David Ferris


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