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Daily Digest: July 9, 2009

PGP Corporation and Fidelis Security Systems to Offer Comprehensive Data Protection Solution Combining DLP and Enterprise Encryption
Strategic Technology Alliance Fulfills Joint Customer Requirements to Encrypt Data Based on DLP Policies

PGP Corporation and immixGroup Join Forces to Provide Data Protection Security to U.S. Government Customers
New Distribution Agreement Expands PGP Corporation's Federal Channel Strategy and Development

Cryptzone enters the SaaS market with its first customer  

Mirapoint Archiving Solution is Number One, States Gartner Email Archiving Appliance Report
Market-Share Leader Holds 33 Percent of Installed Base

Greenview Data Launches New RestorEmail Hosted Email Archiving Solution
Developers of Industry-leading SpamStopsHere Now Offer a Simple, Affordable Solution that Goes Beyond "Backup" with In-the-Cloud, Searchable Archiving for Disaster Recovery, Compliance and Peace of Mind

Messaging & Collaboration

BorderWare launches newest version of its high-performance Firewall - SteelGate 8.0
Industry Leader Picks Up Momentum Ahead of Latest Version
Comment on BorderWare here

Goodmail Partner, Striata Creates One-Click, No-Registration, In-Email Payments With CertifiedEmail
Allows customers to initiate electronic payment directly from withing the body of email

SonicWALL Internet Threat Prevention Has Customers Covered Automatically Against Exploits of Microsoft Internet Explorer Vulnerability  
Comment on SonicWALL here

eBuddy Delivers First, Free Multi-Network, Mobile Instant Messenger with Push Notification
eBuddy for iPhone #1 free social networking application in 21 countries

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Microsoft Online: Security Concerns

Ferris recently had a briefing from Microsoft on the security of its Business Process Online Services (BPOS) -- e.g., Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, etc. This presentation turned out to be of more interest to Ferris for its subtext than for the specifics it contained.

The subtext was that Microsoft was encountering concern (pushback?) from organizations about both the security of data held in Microsoft Online services, and the security of the services themselves. Stated another way, organizations appear to want to apply the same analysis to cloud-delivered services that they apply to on-premise-delivered services. We cannot believe that these concerns are unique to Microsoft, and are therefore an issue that will have to be addressed by all providers of cloud-based services and associated cloud-based data storage.

Based on the specifics of this briefing, it would appear that Microsoft is attempting to answer these concerns in a structured fashion, as opposed to responding to specific queries. Its approach is to adhere to a set of standards and conventions, and where appropriate, submit its data centers and services to third-party audit and/or certification of adherence.

Among the relevant standards and conventions are the following:

  • EU Data - Safe Harbor Framework. Compliance claimed by Microsoft.
  • ISO/IEC 27001:2005. Compliance certified by British Standards Institute (BSI) Management Systems America.
  • SAS 70 Type II. Third-party audits claimed by Microsoft.

What remains to be seen is whether this will be sufficient to satisfy organizations of the security of Microsoft's cloud-based offerings, and if they are, what other vendors in this space (Google, Amazon, IBM, etc.) will do to achieve a similar outcome. ... Nick Shelness


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Veritas Acquires KVS: In Retrospect
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In September 2004, Veritas Software purchased KVS for its email archiving product, Enterprise Vault. Veritas merged with Symantec, and thus the product is now Symantec's Enterprise Vault, the market-leading archiving software. In this webcast, we discuss the Veritas/KVS acquisition with key individuals involved. Topics include KVS's history, KVS's motivations for being acquired, Veritas' motivations for the acquisition, how the negotiations took place, the terms of the transaction, what went well, what was more difficult than anticipated, and lessons learned.

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