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Daily Digest: August 13, 2009

BASF Corporation Implements Legal Information Governance Solution from PSS Systems
BASF Corporation Using Atlas LCC for In-House E-Discovery Workflow, including Legal Holds and Collections Management

Strengths & Weaknesses of Symantec Enterprise Vault -- See what others think of EV, add your own observations

IBM Technology Brings Business Analytics to Legal Decision Making  

Chichester School District Prepares for eDiscovery with Mimosa Next-Generation Content Archive
Pennsylvania K-12 Public School District Optimizes their Microsoft Exchange Environment for eDiscovery, Disaster Recovery and Data Retention with Mimosa NearPoint

Messaging & Collaboration

Microsoft and Nokia form global alliance to design, develop and market mobile productivity solutions
Companies will collaborate to bring Microsoft Office Mobile and related communications and collaboration software and services to Nokia smartphones

GFI MailEssentials wins MSExchange.org Readers' Choice Award - for the fourth time
Winner of over 60 awards, the no.1 anti-spam software is used by over 80,000 customers worldwide

FreshBooks Chooses Hybrid Hosting From Rackspace
Expands support from dedicated hosting of bookkeeping applications to highly scaleable cloud solution

ColdSpark Introduces Healthcare Solution for E-mail Automation of Paperless Explanation of Benefits, Statements and Billing Notifications
ColdSpark, a BakBone Company, Announces Significant Win with Major State-Based Healthcare Network; Customer Expects Return on Investment in Less than 12 Months

SonicWALL Secures Academic Networks for New York's High-Need Neighborhood Schools
Success Charter Networks Expands on Success of Harlem Success Academy by Deploying SonicWALL NSA E5500 and Email Security solutions

Sunbelt's Anti-malware Technology Integrated into FaceTime's Secure Web Gateway  

Blog Item(s)

WebLOQ Email Encryption

WebLOQ is an early-stages company offering end-to-end email encryption:

  • Allows users to send and receive encrypted emails.
  • Normally users have some special software installed on their machine. This works with almost all email clients including Outlook, Thunderbird, Mac Mail, etc.
  • An invitation system is being developed. If you send to a user who hasn't got the client software installed, the recipient will get an email that asks him or her to sign up and download the client software, so the parties can communicate privately.
  • Focus is on selling to SMBs, and organizations subject to privacy regulations such as healthcare, financial services, insurance, accounting, legal, government, law enforcement, and defense.
  • A free version is available; a professional version gets you more functionality, including access to compliance reports on what emails have been sent, to whom, when, and so on.
  • The current offering uses a WebLOQ-hosted server. In the future, a customer-premises-based server version will also be available.


  • Founded 2004.
  • Privately held. Ferris Research estimates annual revenues at less than $1M.
  • Series A funding in 2006 of $1M.
  • Series B funding in 2007 of $4.5M.
  • Now contemplating additional funding of $5M to $10M.


  • WebLOQ sees compliance as the driver for purchases. Probably right.
  • Over the last 10 years, many similar end-to-end email encryption solutions have been implemented. They have received little acceptance. Based on a short briefing, it's hard to see why WebLOQ should fare better at this point.
  • Interestingly, the solution doesn't have tight integration with specific email clients. Instead, you email to a special address. The email is then intercepted as it goes out or comes in, and is duly encrypted/decrypted.
  • More than email bodies and attachments are encrypted. All email headers, including recipient lists and subject lines, are encrypted. That's unusual, and could be valuable for some.
  • Recipients who don't have the plug-in software can't view messages, even through a staging server. This seems a pity.

... David Ferris



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