This week in GRC news, Trend Micro offers Android data protection, Proofpoint research indicates that e-Discovery is moving to the cloud -- with a new release from Applied Discovery offering hosted e-Discovery that backs that research up -- and Laserfiche releases v8.2 focusing on GRC.

Trend Micro Protects Android Platform

With mobile devices and their development looking like one of the big themes of this year already, mobile security specialist Trend Micro (news, site) has announced the first of many applications planned for the Android platform.

Trend Micro Mobile Security addresses the growing need for protection against cyber-attacks on Android-powered mobile devices. It protects digital files and secures banking transactions on Android devices by identifying and stopping cybercriminals and online threats before they can attack.

Currently, Trend Micro is the only company that uses cloud-based security intelligence to protect Android devices from the latest threats. Custom filtering lists enable users to screen or block unwanted calls or messages.

Its probably no coincidence then that following the release of the first part of Trend Micro's security applications for Android that the chairman of Trend Micro Steve Chang claimed in an interview with Bloomberg new agecy that Android is less secure than iPhone.

Android is open-source, which means the hacker can also understand the underlying architecture and source code,” Steve Chang, chairman of Trend Micro, the world’s largest provider of security software for corporate servers . . .We have to give credit to Apple, because they are very careful about it. It’s impossible for certain types of viruses to operate on the iPhone, he said.

He also said he belived Android users will start to buy more security software. It's a given that he's expecting them to buy Trend Micro Mobile Security. 
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e-Discovery Moves to the Cloud

In other news surrounding security trends, according to email security vendor Proofpoint the trend towards in-house management of e-Discovery processes will continue to grow rapidly in 2011.

This trend will be driven by organizations looking to lower legal expenses while gaining more control over the e-Discovery workflow. Proofpoint also expects cost to be a driving factor in accelerating the adoption of archiving in the cloud over traditional on-premise technologies.

The result is that email storage and archiving will produce fundamental changes in the e-Discovery space with concerns about the risk management of email a fundamental problem after enterprises have moved e-Discovery in-house.

This year will also see accelerated adoption of cloud-based e-Discovery solutions focusing on reduced costs and simpler technology.

Applied Discovery’s Hosted Data Analytics

And just to underline Proofpoint’s research, amongst the new releases this week there’s Applied Discovery’s (newssite) Leverage Data Analytics (LDA), a hosted solution for early case assessment and for ongoing document analysis throughout the matter lifecycle.

As a hosted solution, Leverage Data Analytics requires no in-house technical resources or hardware deployment while the enterprise document collection is stored on the secure Applied Discovery cloud infrastructure.

It also automatically filters the document set by language, source, file type (over 1200 file types supported), date range, domain and other selected parameters. Visual representations of data searches reveal key custodians, conversations, concepts, terms and events, informing case strategy and drastically reducing the time required for attorney review.

The reports fully integrate into the analysis process, providing full user-friendly data exploration, while hosted data becomes a rich asset for managing new e-discovery cases. LDA is available for hosted case data as well as for new matters.

Laserfiche Releases v8.2

Meanwhile, if you missed it earlier this week, Laserfiche (news, site) kicked off its annual Empower Conference with several announcements -- including the release of Laserfiche 8.2. The newest iteration of the company's document management tool pays special attention to governance, risk and compliance.

The highlights of the release include being up to the DoD 5015.2 version 3 standard as well as an updated Microsoft Office integration that simplifies imports from Outlook into Laserfiche.

In today’s complex regulatory environment, having a well-planned approach to GRC is essential . . .with DoD 5015.2 version 3-certified records management functionality, Laserfiche 8.2 serves as a foundational component of GRC, allowing organizations to drive better business outcomes,"said Kimberly Samuelson, Laserfiche Director of Government Strategy.

Further, Laserfiche Software QA Engineer Jeanie Conner demo'd some smaller sweet spots for us including:

  • Dynamic fields
  • Metadata management
  • Multi-value fields
  • Enhanced PDF controls
  • Dynamic stamps

If you're a fan of the system and couldn't make it to this year's gathering, you'll want to keep an eye out for these features -- there was a lot of applauding in the audience.

Legal XtraNet Becomes elumicor

Finally, San Antonio-based e-Discovery vendor Legal XtraNet has just announced that it is changing its name and identity to elumicor. The new identity -- revealed on the heels of the company’s 10-year anniversary --was selected to reflect the company’s ‘illuminating’ e-discovery solutions for corporate counsel.

Elumicor specializes in partnering with select corporate counsel and serves as a core extension of the legal department by providing a combination of proprietary software, discovery document repositories and corporate-controlled data.

A targeted trade advertising campaign will also kick off elumicor’s announcement and the company will launch a redesigned website this week.