This week, Symantec secures cloud instant messaging and offers Lync support, CA has upgraded its security services, there’s talk of a Facebook privacy opt-in or out option, BWise releases v 4.1.3 and LexisNexis sells insurance software business.

Symantec Secures Cloud Messaging

Symantec has just announced the worldwide availability of Symantec Instant Messaging Security cloud ( with support for Microsoft Lync. scans messages and attachments for malware, blocks malicious URLs, protects organizations from data loss and logs messages for compliance purposes without the need for additional hardware and software. is designed to scan every IM sent to or coming from an organization. Incoming messages, including attachments, are scanned for viruses, worms and URLs which may lead to malicious websites.

All incoming and outgoing messages are also matched against the organization's acceptable use policies. Any message that is malicious or suspicious or violates corporate policy is automatically blocked and the user is notified. Key features and benefits of include:

  • Content control engine
  • Message logging and archiving
  • Skeptic malware protection
  • Cloud-based service

Symantec Instant Messaging Security cloud is available worldwide. The service can be purchased on its own or in combination with other services across email and Web.

CA Upgrades Security Services

CA Technologies announced two new identity and access management (IAM) cloud security services that expand its portfolio of IAM-as-a-service solutions.

The new cloud solutions, CA IdentityMinder as-a-Service and CA FedMinder as-a-Service, join the company's existing advanced authentication services as part of the new CA CloudMinder family of IAM cloud solutions.

CA IdentityMinder as-a-Service and CA FedMinder as-a-Service offer all the benefits of a cloud deployment model, including elasticity to expand or contract service support as needed, shorter deployment cycles and cost-savings as a result of reduced IT administration.

It also comes with integration with CA AuthMinder as-a-Service, enabling customers to add strong authentication for accessing CA IdentityMinder as-a-Service and CA FedMinder as-a-Service.

This supplements standard user name and password authentication. The IAM portfolio includes the new cloud solutions, CA AuthMinder as-a-Service (formerly CA Arcot A-OK for WebFort) and CA RiskMinder as-a-Service (formerly CA Arcot A-OK for RiskFort), which provides risk-based authentication to protect against breaches and fraud.

BWise Releases v4.1.3

GRC vendor BWise has released v 4.1.3, a new standard in modern architecture combined with an enhanced user interface. The new release of the BWise GRC platform is to help IT cope with the continuing growth of the number and complexity of GRC programs.

The new release is already proven operational for organizations with hundreds of thousands of employees and is demonstrating performance, scalability and usability benefits. The key new features in BWise 4.1.3 are:

  • New feature-rich capabilities for events, losses and incidents management
  • Off-line audit
  • Audit analytics with continuous monitoring integrated in audits
  • Risk consolidation for risk aggregation during risk assessments
  • Embedded segregation of duties on SAP and Oracle

BWise says it will be holding a number of webinars on v 4.1.3 this month to tease out the details. Check out the site for details.

Opt-in Privacy for Facebook?

If you missed it during the week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Facebook is proposing a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. 

According to people familiar with the talks, the settlement would require Facebook to obtain users' consent before making "material retroactive changes" to its privacy policies.

That means that Facebook must get consent to share data in a way that is different from how the user originally agreed the data could be used.

Such a settlement would mean that users would choose a new privacy policy, or "opt-in," rather than be put in it by default and then have to "opt-out" if they didn't wish to be there. Interested in more?

LexisNexis Sells Insurance Software Business

Finally this week, LexisNexis Risk Solutions has announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Insurance Software Solutions business to the San Francisco-based private equity firm Genstar Capital.

The insurance software business is a provider of policy administration software for the property and casualty (P&C) insurance industry and has approximately 400 employees and serves more than 100 insurers from startups to Tier 1 carriers.

In recent years, Genstar has built an extensive portfolio of businesses focused on bringing insurance and other vertical software solutions to the market.

Insurance Software Solutions will be able to leverage a wide range of specialist resources and operating expertise to support its future expansion and development. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.