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Symantec buys IMlogic

Security software giant Symantec has splashed out an undisclosed sum to snap up enterprise instant messaging software vendor IMlogic. Symantec reckons that the deal will give it a comprehensive solution for complete messaging security and archiving.

Security software giant Symantec has splashed out an undisclosed sum to snap up enterprise instant messaging software vendor IMlogic. Symantec reckons that the deal will give it a comprehensive solution for complete messaging security and archiving.

IMlogic’s technology provides a complete solution to control and secure public and enterprise instant messaging (IM) networks while ensuring compliance with regulatory and corporate governance policies.

“Real-time communication solutions like instant messaging are powerful collaboration tools that create a new attack vector for threats to enter an enterprise network and new forms of digital communication with the same government, legal, and business requirements to retain and retrieve as email,” said Enrique Salem, senior vice president of security products and solutions at Symantec.

“With the best-of-breed instant messaging management and compliance software from IMlogic, Symantec will be the first and only vendor to offer a complete security and archiving solution to help customers manage all their messaging requirements,” he added.

Symantec reckons that businesses in almost every market segment are adopting real-time technologies like IM. According to the vendor, consumers already send more than 12 billion IMs daily. IM networks are also evolving beyond text messaging and file sharing to offer services such as voice over IP (VoIP). This growth in IM usage has also made it a fertile breeding ground for malicious threats, which can use global IM directories to find new targets.

“Our customers have asked us for a holistic management tool to control all real-time collaboration and keep it highly available, compliant, and secure,” said Francis deSouza, president and CEO at IMlogic. “They understand the requirements for messaging security and a number of them are already using our solutions in combination with Symantec solutions.”

Prior to this deal, Symantec and IMlogic have partnered in several areas to protect IM environments from internet threats, malware and spam. Following the acquisition, IMlogic’s threat detection and remediation for IM will immediately be integrated into Symantec’s early warning and response system.

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