Symantec Unveils e-Discovery Control SuiteBy Chris Preimesberger | Posted 01-29-2007
Data storage and security vendor Symantec Jan. 29 introduced a new integrated information security and archiving suite of applications that offers consistent enforcement of content control policies across a Microsoft-centric enterprisefrom e-mail gateway security to archiving.
Using Symantec Information Foundation 2007, IT professionals can proactively prevent the risk of data loss and policy violations while responding to legal e-discovery requests, a company spokesperson said.
Also on Jan. 29, Symantec made available the beta version of Symantec Information Foundation Mail Security 6.0 for Exchange, a key component in the Symantec Information Foundation suite.
Scheduled to be generally available 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 Microsoft 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 Symantec's Information Foundation Group.
"Symantec Information Foundation helps organizations protect themselves against theses risks across the wide range of e-mail, instant messaging, Web communications, file sharing and other information systems within the enterprise."
The new suite offers three key featureswhat 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 wouldn't be able to print out, or otherwise recirculateif that's the policy on that particular piece of e-mail," Mehta told eWEEK. "It all depends on what the rules are, and those can easily be reset as needed."
Also, if a litigation is taking place involving the company, the software can be set up to sift through and locate any communications involving e-mail, documents, IM or file sharing within the company that might be related to that litigation through key words, phrases and other flag points, Mehta said.
Mehta said that Symantec already has about 5,000 customers and some 8 million users of the company's e-mail security software.
"Disjointed, piece-part compliance solutions offer little extensibility and suffer from high administrative overhead," said Christian Christiansen, vice president of security product and services at IT researcher IDC, based in Framingham, Mass.
"With Information Foundation, Symantec offers a compliance infrastructure that can handle future regulatory and internal compliance demands. Its integration provides the capability to reduce IT workloads, simplify policy administration and improve audit execution."
Specifically, Symantec Information Foundation offers the following capabilities:
Symantec Information Foundation includes the following components: Symantec Enterprise Vault; Symantec Enterprise Vault Discovery Accelerator; Symantec Enterprise Vault Compliance Accelerator; Symantec Mail Security 8300 Series; Symantec IM Manager; Symantec Information Foundation Mail Security for Exchange; Symantec Mail Security for Domino; and Symantec Web Security for Microsoft ISA (Internet Security and Acceleration) Server.
Pricing and availability
Symantec Information Foundation is available as a single enterprise license and is priced on a subscription basis, per user, per year. Estimated pricing starts at $95 per user, per year, with volume and multi-year discounts available.
The suite is available through Symantec's worldwide network of authorized resellers, distributors and systems integrators.