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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.