CipherTrust launches instant messaging security solution for enterprises

October 10, 2005 – CipherTrust, Inc., the global market leader in messaging security, today announced the launch of CipherTrust IronIM (IronIM), making CipherTrust the first vendor to offer gateway security appliances for both email and instant message (IM) communications. Powered by CipherTrust’s award-winning policy engine, IronIM is the first solution that integrates policy to secure, log, monitor and encrypt enterprise IM communications. IronIM provides administrators with increased control from a single management platform to eliminate risks from IM-borne threats, help ensure compliance with various industry and government regulations and monitor for information leakage or other policy violations.

Instant messaging presents enterprises with a completely new set of threats to network security, bandwidth availability and program compatibility. Unlike simple software or firewall solutions that independently block content or access, IronIM is the first offering to stop inbound and outbound messaging threats at the gateway, before they enter or leave the corporate network. Additionally, IronIM is the first and only gateway solution to offer automated encryption capabilities for enterprise IM traffic. The launch of CipherTrust’s IronIM is part of the company’s ongoing strategy to provide unified security protection across multiple messaging protocols.

Jay Chaudhry, CipherTrust’s CEO, chairman and founder said: “Today’s businesses are struggling with more than just threats to their email environment. The real-time, interactive nature of instant messaging makes it a valuable tool for collaborative efforts with business partners, customers and fellow employees but at the same time it is a significant liability when not properly secured and managed. While other vendors are offering simple firewall or software solutions, CipherTrust’s IronIM enables secure instant messaging protection at the gateway, providing a truly integrated approach to enterprise messaging security.”

Zane Taylor, vice president of operations, Application Networking Group at Citrix Systems, Inc said; “As we have grown as a company with more and more staff spread across the world, instant messaging has become an important communication and collaboration medium for our knowledge workers. CipherTrust’s IronIM allows us to harness the power of instant messaging within the context of a safe and secure overall communications infrastructure.”

IronIM supports multiple IM standards (including AOL Instant Messenger, MSN Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, Google Talk and corporate IM solutions including Microsoft LCS and IBM SameTime) and does not require deployment of a new IM client. Among the highlighted features, CipherTrust’s IronIM:

* Integrates policy enforcement. IronIM offers a simple, easy-to-use GUI interface for administrators to set and enforce defined corporate policies company wide or at LDAP group level.

* Encrypts traffic. Secure communications are critical in the business environment and required by certain government regulations. IronIM is the only gateway solution that automatically encrypts intra-company and inter-company conversations, files and content transparent to the IM service, without requiring end-user involvement.

* Blocks viruses, spam and intrusions. IronIM is a hardened gateway security appliance, providing the most effective protection against inbound messaging threats before they enter the corporate network. Leveraging the company’s patented, award-winning SpamProfiler and IntruderBlocker technologies, IronIM carefully dissects each message-utilising multiple content filtering techniques based on keywords, patterns and customised dictionaries-to identify and stop dynamic threats such as spam, viruses, worms, intrusions and other malicious attacks.

* Archives. IronIM monitors and logs all instant messaging traffic. Via its easy-to-use interface, administrators can set archiving policies and search for old content.

About CipherTrust, Inc.

CipherTrust, Inc. is the leader in messaging security. Recognised by IDC as the market leader, the Company’s award-winning IronMail appliance protects the messaging systems of more enterprise email users than any other solution, including more than 30 percent of the Fortune 100. CipherTrust pioneered messaging security by uniquely combining the five critical email security components of spam and fraud prevention, virus and worm protection, policy and content compliance, email privacy, and intrusion prevention into a single easy to deploy and manage platform. The Company is backed by top tier investors including Battery Ventures and Greylock Partners. For more information about CipherTrust, please visit

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