It's been a busy week in the GRC space with StoredIQ extending support to Office 365 and giving visibility across its elements, Symantec reporting that cyber attacks continue to increase, OpenText offering Auto-Classification to Records Management, and Virtual Code Solutions releasing its ShareArchiver solution.

StoredIQ Offers Office 365 Visibility

Information governance solutions vendor StoredIQ has announced support for cloud-based Exchange and SharePoint data residing within Office 365.

With this extended capability, Office 365 users can also use StoredIQ to get the same visibility and understanding of their cloud-based email and SharePoint data as they do with StoredIQ's on-premise information governance solutions.

With it, users can quickly connect to Microsoft Office 365 to identify, collect and manage Exchange email and SharePoint data for responding to e-Discovery requests, applying records policies, and adhering to regulatory compliance mandates.

StoredIQ's platform connects to Microsoft Office 365 and indexes its data, combining the ability to identify, collect, and manage cloud-based data for legal discovery and records management into an integrated information governance application.

Cyber Attacks Increase Again, Symantec Says

Symantec has announced the results of the November 2011 Symantec Intelligence Report, which shows that the number of daily targeted attacks against systems has increased fourfold, compared to January this year.

On average, 94 targeted attacks were blocked each day during the month of November.

The analysis reveals that in the U.S. at least one attack is being blocked each day, and that one in 389 users may be the recipient of such an attack.

Contrast this with Japan where at least one attack is blocked nearly every nine days, and may only be sent to one in 520 individuals. The November Symantec Intelligence Report includes additional data on the geographical distribution of these attacks.

The public sector has been identified as the most frequently targeted industry during 2011, with approximately 20.5 targeted attacks blocked each day.

OpenText’s Auto Classification

With increasing amounts of content in the enterprise falling under compliance regulations that makes its preservation not just desirable but also obligatory, the problem of classification keeps getting more difficult.

This is particularly true when most enterprises are using many kinds of content from different sources that range from social media to email to legacy content, all of which have to be kept just in case the enterprise gets slapped with an e-discovery request.

Which is where OpenText’s new Auto-Classification application comes in. It seems like a simple enough idea so it’s surprising that it hasn’t been developed before, but according to James Latham, CMO at OpenText, the move was precipitated by existing clients, who were struggling to implement consistent classification policies.

Virtual Code Solutions Releases ShareArchiver

Data management vendor Virtual Code Solutions has announced the release of its software called ShareArchiver.

It comes with an intuitive policy engine that allows users to dictate which data to archive using specific metadata such as accessed date, size, and location.

ShareArchiver also uses stubbing technology to provide access to archived data. Stubbing is a policy-driven module that gives clients storage management controls to reduce storage costs. Other functionality includes deduplication, enhanced data storage and reduced backup.

The solution not only archives in real time, it also permits special users to perform e-discovery tasks while recording their actions and sending them to data guardians to ensure protection.

WebLayers Names Top Software Glitches of 2011

Computer glitches have wreaked havoc across the globe this year, with heavy consequences. Unclaimed tax revenue, stolen government secrets and loss of company revenue are just a few of the aftereffects of software failure.

And no one is immune. Software glitches have hit everyone from individuals to global corporations RIM and Sony to the U.S. and UK governments. Governance vendor WebLayers has announced its top software glitches of 2011, and it’s an interesting one.

  1. Millions of RIM BlackBerry users lose service
  2. Software glitch costs UK tax office millions in lost revenue
  3. Amazon's cloud collapses
  4. Hacker attacks Sony Playstation network account holders
  5. Citigroup customers' information breached
  6. Pentagon details major cyberattack
  7. Computer glitch sets 450 highly dangerous prisoners free
  8. More than 400,000 UK organ donation details stored incorrectly
  9. Bug allows HP printers to be remotely hacked

And the year is still not over yet.