Symantec Solution Protects Against IM-originated Threats

IMS.cloud scans messages and attachments for malware, malicious URLs; protects against data loss.

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Symantec Corp. has released Instant Messaging Security.cloud (IMS.cloud) with support for Microsoft Lync, 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.

“Instant Messaging is becoming a popular tool for internal and external communications in organizations of every size,” said Tom Powledge, vice president of Product Delivery, Symantec.cloud. According to Symantec Intelligence, 1 in 11.3 links sent over IM link is to a malicious Web site. The company’s instant messaging survey revealed that fewer than half of the organizations surveyed have suitable controls for monitoring IM.

The casual nature of IM, plus the tendency to de-prioritize IM security, leaves organizations susceptible to compliance breaches, data loss, and malware infection.

IMS.cloud scans every IM sent to or coming from an organization. Incoming messages, including attachments, are scanned for viruses, worms, and URLs that 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 include:

  • 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 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. A free trial is available at symanteccloud.com/freetrial.