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Actiance Unveils Vantage for Cisco Unified Presence

March 10, 2011

Actiance, which provides security, management, and compliance solutions for instant messaging and unified communications platforms, alongside Web 2.0 and social networks, announced the launch of Vantage for Cisco Unified Presence (CUP) to provide the security, management and compliance required to protect against data leakage, malware threats, expensive eDiscovery costs and errant user behavior.

A complimentary product for CUP users, Vantage protects all real-time communications and unified communication (UC) platforms such as CUP, used within an organization, from presence and instant messaging (IM) to conferencing and voice, company officials said.

Vantage provides granular security, policy controls and compliance features, enabling organizations to manage the UC platform alongside publicly available real-time communications and other messaging systems such as Thomson Reuters Messenger, Bloomberg and YellowJacket.

“The collaborative Internet has changed the way users communicate with each other and standardizing on one unified communications platform will not exclude the use of publicly available real-time communication tools like Yahoo or Skype in the workplace,” said Kailash Ambwani, CEO of Actiance, in a statement.

Ambwani added that to enable the secure use of UC platforms such as Cisco Unified Presence, organizations must ensure that the UC platform is secured alongside other real-time networks that do not currently connect with the corporate messaging platform.

An award-winning product that provides security, management and compliance for UC, Web 2.0 and social networks, Vantage for CUP detects and then alerts or blocks the malicious URLs and Zero Day worms in contents in all real-time communications, helping businesses prevent data leakage.

LDAP integration enables organizations to easily set policies, including access controls, monitoring options and federation at the company, group or user levels. In addition, ethical wall policies can be applied consistently across IM and group chat, company officials said.

Vantage for CUP provides a single solution for capturing IM and group chat messages and allows for disclaimers to be inserted inline and for all conversations to be exported to an e-mail archive or WORM storage.

Recently Actiance announced partnership with Crossbeam Systems to combine Actiance's Unified Security Gateway (USG) with Crossbeam's latest X-Series family of network security platforms.

The combined solution will empower large enterprises to easily manage, secure and enforce the compliant use of critical enterprise Web 2.0 applications, social networking, instant messaging and other collaborative tools over their networks, company officials said.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for unified communications. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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