This week there has been a whole spate of new releases in the world of GRC, most of which -- unsurprisingly -- have been focused on better security. There have also been a couple of acquisitions as well as increasing interest in services and cloud computing.

Symantec Goes Mobile

Security software provider Symantec (news, site) has just announced that it has entered the world of mobile with the launch of a new version of its Norton software for Android smartphones.

The company says that the new anti-virus software is the first of its kind for Androids and enables users search and identify malware that may have affected their phones as well as offering the ability to delete private data off their mobile phones remotely in the event that the phone is lost.

The new application can scan over 100 applications in 30 seconds. Symantec says it is launching the new virus scan in anticipation of the explosion in the use of mobile internet browsing and the inevitable growth in the malware that will result.

The Norton software for Android mobiles is available in pre-release beta from the Android market and comes as a 3 month free-trial.

Iron Mountain Offers NearPoint To NetApp

Information management vendor Iron Mountain (news, site) has expanded its partnership with systems integrator InterVision to offer users of NetApp and Microsoft Exchange Iron Mountain's newly-acquired NearPoint solution for archiving, accessing and protecting email.

The integration means that Iron Mountain’s NearPoint archive leverages NetApp's Snapshot technology as the source for archived data and the compliant archival of data capture for all Microsoft Exchange database transactions and events.

This includes all email moves, message deletes, calendar items and contacts. In addition, the integration simplifies application data management by automating the complex, manual and time-consuming processes associated with the backup, recovery and verification of Exchange Server.

Prior to Iron Mountain's acquisition of Mimosa Systems in February, Mimosa and NetApp had an integration partnership which enabled the development of a comprehensive solution for integrated content archiving, storage management and data protection for Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint environments.

GE Healthcare Adds SaaS Patient Portals

A new SaaS electronic medical records product from GE Healthcare has just been released that should bring SaaS to small and even remote medical practices across the US.

Interesting for many reasons not least of which that the new product is bringing SaaS to very very small users, the new service will give medical practitioners a combination of EMR, physician administrative management and patient portals that all comply with current regulations and at a fraction of the price of similar on-premise software.

The patient self-service portal enables patients to access their own personal medical records (PMR) through their own secure password and effectively manage their own healthcare.

After a start-up fee of US $4,000 to US $9,000, customers are charged a monthly subscription fee of between $300 and $800 per month, according to GE, which will also include upgrades as they are released and without disruption to services. The average cost to install an in-house EMR system is around US $20,000 to US$30,000.

CaseCentral Offers Cloud-based eDiscovery

More GRC news from the cloud. CaseCentral (news, site), which provides cloud-based eDiscovery software has released of 4.1 of its integrated CaseCentral eDiscovery Platform.

Benefits of the new software release include improved ease of use, enhanced self-service functionality and more administrative capabilities for clients managing single or multiple cases.

CaseCentral’s cloud-based e-Discovery applications provide elastic capacity, on-demand. Clients can support large fluctuations in ESI data volumes without paying for additional storage hardware or infrastructure. And clients can add new users, reviewers and cases immediately without waiting on over-taxed IT departments.

FIS to Acquire Compliance Coach

Banking technology vendor FIS is to buy Compliance Coach, a company that provides risk assessment software, e-learning and additional tools to enable compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The transaction is expected to close within the next 30 days. Terms of the deal were not announced.

FIS says it will enhance its overall compliance strategy. FIS will assume ownership of Compliance Coach's flagship products that include Regulatory University, Compliance Risk Indicator (CRI) and Compliance Pal.

The solutions currently support nearly 1,500 clients, including seven of the top 10 banks within the financial services industry. With the addition of these new capabilities, FIS will offer financial institutions three tiers of compliance support:

  • Compliance Assistant: Provides financial institutions with compliance assistance through a basic level of compliance staff training, advice and regulatory reporting software.
  • Compliance Advisor: Provides financial institutions with a trusted external compliance advisor, providing advice, training and compliance monitoring
  • Compliance Officer: Performs many of the same functions as Compliance Advisor plus Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering (BSA/AML) and enterprise-wide compliance risk assessment

Compliance Coach is a San Diego-based company that provides software that enables banks and other businesses to comply with applicable laws and regulations.

Autonomy Adds More eDiscovery 

If you missed it during the week, the big news in the records management world is that Autonomy (news, site) has announced it is buying CA’s (news, site) information governance business, including CA Records Manager and CA Message Manager.

Like many of such deals, details of the acquisition (which is due to be finalized in the third quarter of this year) have not been released. Both companies say that the sale will not have any major impact on their figures.

However, the acquisition will strengthen Autonomy’s Meaning Based Governance, and with CA’s records manager also available in the cloud, should add further fizz to its already considerable archiving and records management products.

CA Records Manager provides federated and physical records management, while Message Manager captures and manages messages based on enterprise and regulatory needs. The staff currently working in these areas with CA will join Autonomy to provide sales and support to existing and future customers.