SAN DIEGO -- Akonix Systems, Inc., the leading provider of unified policy and risk management solutions for real-time communications, today introduced L7 Enterprise(tm) for the BlackBerry(r) Enterprise Solution from Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM). L7 Enterprise provides enhanced archiving of BlackBerry SMS and PIN-to-PIN text messages. Organizations with electronic messaging compliance and e-discovery requirements may now store BlackBerry text messages directly into enterprise archival platforms by employee name and other directory attributes, making text messages searchable, retrievable and auditable.
Akonix L7 Enterprise also offers archiving, content monitoring and security for leading enterprise instant messaging (IM) clients on BlackBerry smartphones, with support for Microsoft(r) Office Communicator Mobile, IBM(r) Lotus(r) Sametime(r) Mobile and MindAlign(tm) Mobile. L7 Enterprise for the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution is the newest addition to Akonix's Unified Policy Management (UPM) platform, L7 Enterprise, which monitors, applies and enforces policy for the corporate use of IM and other unified communications (UC) applications.
Akonix's L7 Enterprise seamlessly integrates with an organization's BlackBerry(r) Enterprise Server, Microsoft Active Directory(tm) (or other LDAP directory) and leading email archive platforms, such as EMC(r) EmailXtender(tm), HP(r) Integrated Archive Platform(tm), Quest(r) Archive Manager and Symantec(r) Enterprise Vault(tm), to provide end-to-end, comprehensive electronic message storage. With other L7 Enterprise modules available for enterprise and public IM, online conferencing, server-based fax and VoIP, businesses can apply and enforce policy and archiving for multiple real-time communications from a single console.
Organizations in financial services, securities, commodities and energy trading face strict compliance guidelines for internal and external electronic communications, including wireless devices. In December 2007, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), which regulates more than 5,000 brokerage firms, affirmed in Regulatory Notice 07-59 that text messaging is considered 'electronic communication', and is subject to mandatory supervision and archiving. In addition, The Securities and Exchange Commission's Rule 17a-4 and the National Association of Securities Dealers' Rule 3110 require broker-dealers and exchange members to preserve all electronic communications pertaining to their firms' business in a format that cannot be overwritten or erased, for three years.
"As the use of mobile devices continues to rise for communicating business information that is subject to compliance and corporate governance requirements, so will demand for solutions to manage and enforce retention policies for real-time communications, such as text messaging, both inside and outside the workplace," said Mark Levitt, program vice president at IDC.