Symantec Releases Enterprise Vault 10 Data Archiving Platform

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The latest edition can archive all social media interactions for compliance and e-discovery purposes.

Security, storage and systems management solutions specialist Symantec announced the availability of Enterprise Vault 10, the latest version of its email and content archiving software that now features Symantec's data loss prevention (DLP) technology to analyze Microsoft Exchange email content and metadata to help determine the archiving and retention strategy for all messages. Email content and metadata are automatically classified and assigned the appropriate archiving and retention policy, and can even be flagged to be reviewed for compliance reasons.

Another new feature of Enterprise Vault 10 is the ability to archive all social media interactions for compliance and e-discovery purposes. The data classification service feature of Enterprise Vault 10 utilizes Symantec's data loss prevention technology to automatically classify the email and assign an appropriate archiving and retention policy. Classifications can also be used as filters to speed up the search and review process for e-discovery. Additionally, customers who have implemented Symantec DLP can share classification policies to greatly simplify the automated classification of information.

"Businesses have learned how important it is to protect and preserve email, IM, documents, spreadsheets and other unstructured information, and they're learning that the same is true for social media records," said Brian Dye, vice president of product management at Symantec. "We've increased the scale and performance of Enterprise Vault so our customers can effectively archive and discover the millions of records employees are creating by email, social media, SharePoint and file systems. Enterprise Vault 10 can significantly reduce risks, especially for organizations in highly litigious or regulated industries, without inhibiting the business and productivity benefits of social media and collaboration tools."

Social media archiving posts to an organization's publicly facing social media outlets including blogs, Facebook pages and Twitter feeds are considered business communications that must be preserved to comply with open records requests, industry regulations such as the supervision requirements under the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) 10-06 amendments, and the eventuality of an e-discovery request. However, according to Symantec's 2011 Social Media Protection Flash Poll, while 82 percent of enterprises are discussing implementing archiving solutions to collect, preserve and discover sensitive business information transmitted through social media, less than one-fourth have actually done so.

Through Symantec's partnerships with Actiance, CommonDesk, Globanet, Hanzo and Socialware, Enterprise Vault 10 automatically archives social media interactions for compliance, e-discovery and corporate governance purposes. Organizations can comply with requirements for social media communications without restricting or banning the use of those tools, Symantec said.