Symantec Instant Messaging Security.Cloud Addresses Security and Compliance Issues
Any message that is malicious or violates corporate policy is automatically blocked and the user is notified.Symantec (Nasdaq: SYMC) announced the availability of Symantec Instant Messaging Security.cloud (IMS.cloud) with support for Microsoft Lync. Symantec is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) vendor that supports Microsoft Lync users, helping organizations that communicate using instant messaging platforms address their security and compliance issues. IMS.cloud scans messages and attachments for malware, blocks malicious URLs, protects organizations from data loss and logs messages for compliance purposes without the need for additional hardware and software. IMS.cloud is designed to scan every IM sent to or coming from an organization such as incoming messages; attachments are scanned for viruses, worms, and URLs that may lead to malicious Websites. All incoming and outgoing messages are also matched against the organization's acceptable use policies. Any message that is malicious or suspicious or violates corporate policy is automatically blocked, and the user is notified.
"Instant Messaging is becoming a popular tool for internal and external communications in organizations of every size," said Tom Powledge, vice president of product delivery for Symantec.cloud. "According to Symantec Intelligence, one in 11.3 links sent over IM link to malicious Websites while our Symantec Instant Messaging survey revealed that fewer than half the organizations surveyed have suitable controls for monitoring IM."