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August 2006

Instant Messaging: Symantec IM Manager 8.0

INSTANT MESSAGING IM Manager 8.0 Symantec Price: Starts at $40 per user @exb @exe The honeymoon is over for the unbridled age of instant messaging in the enterprise. Rivaling email as the primary form of electronic communication, IM presents similar security challenges--it's an avenue for malicious code, inappropriate content and data theft. Symantec's IM Manager 8.0 allows organizations to harness IM without banning it. It acts as a gateway/proxy for all IM traffic to provide comprehensive security, policy control and a message archive for internal enterprise IM solutions as well as major public IM networks. Policy Control C IM Manager provides flexible policy enforcement ranging from enterprise- to group-level for both internal and public-network IM. For example, when file transfers are enabled, only registered users can exchange files unless otherwise specified. Other controls include alerts and archives when files are exchanged. You can block against a blacklist or character strings such as .jpg, .mp3 and .doc. That said, ...

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