IMlogic Launches Free IM, P2P Blocker

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2004-09-14 Print this article Print

The company aims to demonstrate the need for instant-messaging management with software to find and cut off employee use of IM and file-sharing networks.

IMlogic Inc. on Tuesday launched a free tool to let enterprises detect and block the use of instant messaging, peer-to-peer file sharing networks and voice-over-IP applications within their walls. Called IM Detector Pro, the software provides a first step for organizations to get a handle on the extent of such traffic flowing on their networks and to decide how to best manage it, said Dave Fowler, IMlogics vice president of marketing and strategic alliances.
With the use of IM and P2P increasing, corporations can face risks of sensitive information being disclosed, employees illegally sharing copyrighted files, or viruses and worms entering their networks, Fowler said. Meanwhile, they must meet corporate governance requirements to prevent security breaches.
"Ignorance is not a defense in a lot of these cases, and corporations and universities are just waking up to the fact that a lot of this is going on and that it does put them at risk," Fowler said. Fowler said that companies can use IM Detector Pro as a stopgap measure while developing their plans for managing the increased use of IM and P2P networks. No doubt, part of IMlogics motivation for offering a free tool is to demonstrate the need for their gateway product for managing and securing IM. The Waltham, Mass.-based company is one of a growing number of vendors in the IM management space, including Akonix Systems Inc. and FaceTime Communications Inc. To read an eWEEK Labs review of IMlogics IM Manager, click here. IM Detector Pro is available for download from IMlogics Web site. It can be deployed by itself or along with IMlogics IM Manager product. Check out eWEEK.coms Messaging & Collaboration Center at for more on IM and other collaboration technologies.

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Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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