Symantec Suite Reins in Content

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2007-02-05 Print this article Print

Information Foundation's controls span range of Microsoft applications.

Data storage and security vendor Symantec is rolling out a new integrated information security and archiving suite of applications that offers consistent enforcement of content control policies across a Microsoft-centric enterprise—from e-mail gateway security to archiving.

Using Symantec Information Foundation 2007, introduced Jan. 29, IT professionals can prevent data loss and policy violations while responding to legal e-discovery requests, a company spokesperson said.

Symantec, of Cupertino, Calif., also made available the beta version of Information Foundation Mail Security 6.0 for Exchange, a key component in the Information Foundation 2007 suite. Due in March, the mail security software aims to reduce risks to information flowing internally as well as in and out of the enterprise via Microsoft Exchange servers, including Exchange 2007.

"All systems that are used to exchange and store information within an organization are vulnerable to an increasing range of security, compliance and legal risks," said Francis deSouza, vice president of Symantecs Information Foundation Group.

Information Foundation 2007 offers three key features—what Symantec Marketing Manager Nick Mehta called "intelligent archiving, user classification and encryption of sensitive documents."

"For example, a user can send a message that the receiver wouldnt be able to print out or otherwise recirculate—if thats the policy on that particular piece of e-mail," Mehta said. "It all depends on what the rules are, and those can easily be reset as needed."

In addition, if a company is involved in litigation, the software can be set up to sift through and locate any communications within the company involving e-mail, documents, instant messages or file sharing that might be related to that litigation. That can be done through keywords, phrases and other flag points, Mehta said.

"Disjointed, piecemeal compliance solutions offer little extensibility and suffer from high administrative overhead," said IDC analyst Christian Christiansen. "With Information Foundation, Symantec offers a compliance infrastructure that can handle future regulatory and internal compliance demands." ´

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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