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Symantec Addresses IM Security, Compliance

Symantec released Monday a new version of its IM Manager designed to shore up vulnerabilities in instant messaging networks and address compliance issues.

Security vulnerabilities in IM networks are causing companies to limit or prohibit use of IM, and certain verticals are required to log all IM conversations for compliance reasons, said Jon Sakoda, senior director of product management for enterprise messaging at Symantec, Cupertino, Calif.

Symantec's IM Manager 8.0 addresses these issues with management and reporting features that allow companies to continue to benefit from realtime communications.

"IM has fallen underneath the radar when it comes to enterprise security, and the challenge is to bring it up to the corporate level," said Sakoda.

IM Manager 8.0 provides security on both ends of IM conversations, blocking viruses and other malware from entering the corporate network, and preventing employees from sending confidential information outside the network, Sakoda said.

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