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IMS.cloud Addresses Security and Compliance Issues for Corporate IM Platforms

IMS.cloud Addresses Security and Compliance Issues for Corporate IM Platforms

Symantec has announced the availability of Symantec Instant Messaging Security. cloud (IMS.cloud) with support for Microsoft Lync.

A recent Symantec survey on corporate Instant Messaging use revealed that approximately 60% of respondents use IM to communicate with contacts outside the organization; 43% use it to share content not unrelated to work, with a further 29% reportedly using IM to send information they would not want their boss to know about.

IMS.cloud is designed to scan every IM sent to or coming from an organization. Incoming messages, including attachments, are scanned for viruses, worms, and URLs which 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.

A cloud-based service, it doesn't require on-premise hardware and minimal software allows rapid deployment and low ongoing maintenance. The Symantec Instant Messaging Security.cloud is available now globally.

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SINGAPORE – Symantec Corp. today announced the availability of Symantec Instant Messaging Security. cloud (IMS.cloud) with support for Microsoft Lync. Symantec is one of the first SaaS vendor to support 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.

A recent Symantec survey on corporate Instant Messaging use found that IM poses significant risk to organizations. Approximately 60 percent of respondents use IM to communicate with contacts outside the organization and 43 percent use it to share content not related to work. A further 29 percent reported using IM to send information they would not want their boss to know about.

IMS.cloud is designed to scan every IM sent to or coming from an organization. Incoming messages, including attachments are scanned for viruses, worms and URLs which may lead to malicious Web sites. 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.

IM tools help companies improve productivity, be more responsive, support mobile and remote workers and gain operational efficiencies. However, opening these channels of communication to external contacts without proper security and control can expose organizations to security and legal risks.

Key Features and Benefits of Instant Messaging Security. cloud
· Comprehensive Solution: Includes an effective content control engine, malware protection, malicious URL detection, automatic message logging and configurable disclaimers.

· Message Logging and Archiving: Meets regulatory compliance by logging message transcripts. Cloud-based archiving is available for organizations with more stringent compliance needs.

· Skeptic Malware Protection: Using Symantec’s proven technology, protects organizations from threats by scanning messages and file attachments.

· Cloud-based Service: No on-premise hardware and minimal software allows rapid deployment and low ongoing maintenance.

Symantec Instant Messaging Security. cloud is available now worldwide. The service can be purchased on its own or in combination with other Symantec.cloud services across email and Web and includes 24/7 support and service updates.

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