After all the hoopla around the ILTA conference in Las Vegas last week seems things have quieted down a bit GRC-wise. Even still EMC is looking to guarantee the safety of data located in cloud services, CA is trying to set itself up as the cloud security provider and Guidance Software has just released a complete e-Discovery platform.

EMC to Offer FISMA Compliance

If your biggest concern about moving to the cloud was where and how your data was going to be stored, your concerns might well be justified, according to Chad Sakac, vice president of EMC's (news, site) VMware technology alliance, who says there are no guarantees that sensitive data on machines will not be moved to another country with different sets of regulations.

With the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) this is a real problem especially as according to Sakac there is no technology on the market that can monitor the movements of a VM from one place to another and no way to audit it either.

However, at VMWorld in San Francisco, which has just started, EMC will preview technology that combines its RSA (news, site) security tools with VMware virtualization software and Intel's hardware-based security features "to ensure isolation of regulated workloads and hardware root of trust."

The new technology, which will be able to trace the exact location of machines and in doing so prevent the movement of machines from one location to another, will hit the market early next year. EMC is hoping that the new system using VMware and Intel will let public cloud providers promise FISMA compliance to a broader group of customers.

CA Continues Moves on Cloud Security

CA Technologies has also been busy with cloud security. It has recently announced that it is to pay US $200 million for Arcot, an identity authentication and fraud prevention vendor, a move that will take it one step closer to its goal of becoming the cloud security player on the market.

Arcot’s fraud prevention software complements CA’s products with advanced authentication and fraud prevention and are complementary to CA's Siteminder portfolio of identity and access management offerings.

This is all with a view to bolstering its cloud management and security strategy. In a statement issued by CA outlining its reasoning behind the buy, it said Arcot would provide the on-ramp to accelerate its delivery of Identity Authentication Management (IAM) solutions as a comprehensive service from the cloud.

The CA Technologies cloud security strategy is a three-fold approach: enable organizations to extend existing on-premises IAM systems to support cloud applications and services; provide IAM technology to cloud providers to secure their services -- whether public, private or hybrid; and enable IAM services from the cloud.

And it has been pursuing this strategy with some vigour over the past months. In February it bought 3Tera, a cloud platform vendor, in March it bought cloud monitoring with Nimsoft, earlier this month it bought virtualization vendor 4Base and now with Arcot it has covered one of the last bases in identity security. Last year, it bought NetQoS and Cassatt -- all aimed at extending its cloud management services.

Guidance Brings e-Discovery in-House

For e-Discovery, Guidance Software has just put its new unified e-discovery software platform that provides legal and IT teams with an in-house electronic discovery system enabling better case decisions, faster, while reducing risk and lowering costs, on general release

Guidance Software's EnCase eDiscovery v 4 provides a single, unified solution that addresses all of the stages of the electronic discovery process that organizations want to bring in house.

It also offers early case assessment by allowing legal teams to analyze and review data at any stage of the electronic discovery process, enabling better case strategy decisions to be made faster. EnCase eDiscovery enables enterprises to monitor their data by seeing who has what data and how much they have -- all available early, before collection and processing of data occurs.

Users can quickly identify relevant data sources, get metrics on total data versus potentially relevant data, and understand how much data could be eliminated, which provides a solid understanding of the case's potential costs, keywords and custodians.

Using this, attorneys can test search criteria before electronically stored information is collected, and users can determine how to negotiate search terms, date and time criteria and file types before even before the process begins.

The release is also backed by Guidance Software e-discovery services that provide industry standard best practices, training and certifications.

AcessData Upgrades Web-Review Platform

And a final announcement from ILTA, AccessData announced the release of AD Summation CaseVantage 6. CaseVantage is an in-house, web-based review platform that can support litigation containing millions of documents and hundreds of users across multiple matters.

With CaseVantage 6, large or dispersed review teams and users can search, annotate and produce scanned image and native files -- while precisely controlling each individual’s access to the case.

Version 6 has a number of new upgrades, including near-duplicate analysis, email threading, a tagging discrepancy dashboard and enhanced search capabilities, including concept and faceted searching. This release is the first of several updates to the AD Summation product portfolio, due out in 2011. New features include:

  • View documents grouped by content.
  • Compare documents side-by-side to identify near-duplicates
  • Batch tag or group cull similar documents

It also comes with a Expanded Search command that captures near-duplicates and/or email threads in the result, even if individual members of the set did not match the original search terms. If you want to find out more check out the AcessData website.