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Yammer Announces Security Integration and EDRM Adoption

October 30, 2012

Today Microsoft’s social network Yammer Inc. announced an expansion to the company’s e-discovery, data archiving, and single sign-on offerings. The expansion comes as a result of Yammer’s integration with three leading security and compliance providers: Okta, Smarsh, and Symantec.

“Security has always been of paramount importance at Yammer,” said Yammer’s director of security engineering Josha Bronson. “Our mission is to maintain the safety of company information and to have advanced security controls in place over every user, application and system.”

As for the companies involved, Bronson said Yammer is “excited to partner with these companies to provide our customers with more compliance options based on the tools they already use.”

Okta is an on-demand identity and access management service, while Smarsh is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) message archiving and compliance system. The integration will now allow Yammer customers to seamlessly provision and de-provision users with Okta, and enable customers to search, supervise, produce and preserve data for any e-discovery needs.

Symantec, meanwhile, is now integrated with Yammer using Symantec’s Clearwell eDiscovery Platform, allowing administrators easy export options for Yammer data to move directly into Clearwell. Once there, data is combined with data collected from other enterprise systems and aggregated for ease of discovery.

In addition to this enhancement of its security, Yammer also announced today the company’s adoption of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM).

“As a member of EDRM, we use the EDRM XML standard for eDiscovery exports from Sharepoint 2013, Exchange 2013 and Lync 2013 and are pleased that the standard has been adopted across Yammer part of the Microsoft Office Division,” explained Tim Rains, director of trustworthy computing at Microsoft.

Setting Yammer to this standard means the company now supports automatic conversion of .csv data to .xml format, officially meeting all EDRM guidelines.

Speaking on the impetus for the change, Rains commented further, saying “Data retention and eDiscovery are critical security components for businesses that need to met legal and business data archival requirements.”

Yammer’s new security features are outlined in full at www.yammer.com/it/security.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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