Akonix Launches L7 Enterprise v3.0 to Eliminate the Spread of IM Spam and Malware.
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SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 4, 2004
Stamps Out Spim, Worms and Viruses with Industry's First
Automatically Updated Spim and Malware Filter
Akonix Systems, Inc., the premier provider of business solutions for secure, managed and integrated multi-network enterprise instant messaging Exchanging text messages in real time between two or more people logged into a particular instant messaging (IM) service. Instant messaging is more interactive than e-mail because messages are sent immediately, whereas e-mail messages can be queued up in a mail server for seconds or (IM), has launched L7 Enterprise v3.0, featuring the only automatically updated enterprise Spim and Malware Filter to protect networks from the latest IM-borne attacks. Responding to growing concerns among IT professionals about the potential security and productivity problems from IM-based threats, L7 v3.0 protects networks and users from viruses, worms and other malware that are carried and spread through IM. L7 v3.0 also delivers new enterprise-level features for critical security and performance benefits that are necessary for corporate-wide deployments of public and enterprise IM.
Leveraging the industry's only dynamic update feature, the Akonix L7 Spim and Malware Filter automatically -- and without any IT intervention -- downloads and installs policies to quash threats such as the Osama Found adware worm. Enabling this protection is an Akonix team of IM security experts who constantly monitor public and enterprise IM systems for emerging threats. As viruses and worms are discovered, the team will distribute policies to counter the threat, immediately stopping the malware from reaching customer networks and their end-users.
"Protecting corporations from attacks through IM is a critical security requirement for organizations that have recognized the benefits of IM and are encouraging its use on their networks," said Genelle Hung, market analyst at The Radicati Group. "Akonix L7 Enterprise v3.0 is an innovative solution which solves one of the biggest access and security tradeoffs facing CIOs and IT administrators that want to allow access to IM, but don't want to expose their networks or their users to new forms of attacks."
In addition to the Spim & Malware Filter, L7 v3.0 brings several new features to further enable corporate-wide adoption and integration of public and enterprise IM. These capabilities include:
-- Enhanced Enterprise-Class Availability, Scalability and
Reliability -- Improving its ability to support corporate-wide
mission-critical IM services, L7 provides the availability,
scalability and reliability necessary for today's enterprise.
In v3.0, Akonix adds automatic system recovery that uses
built-in intelligence to automatically restart To resume computer operation after a planned or unplanned termination. See boot, warm boot and checkpoint/restart. the service or
system without user intervention.
-- Comprehensive Logging, Archiving and Compliance Management for
Enterprise IM Systems -- Leading the industry in its support
of enterprise IM systems, L7 v3.0 adds support of Microsoft
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(operating system) Communications Server - IBM's rebranding of ACF. 2003 (LCS LCS - Language for Communicating Systems ) to deliver full
logging, archiving and compliance for all LCS traffic.
-- Extended Support for Leading IM Services -- Working with
partners AOL (A division of Time Warner, Inc., New York, NY, www.aol.com) The world's largest online information service with access to the Internet, e-mail, chat rooms and a variety of databases and services. , MSN (1) (MicroSoft Network) A family of Internet-based services from Microsoft, which includes a search engine, e-mail (Hotmail), instant messaging (Windows Live Messaging) and a general-purpose portal with news, information and shopping (MSN Directory). and Yahoo! as the only IM gateway authorized au·thor·ize
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to support all three services, Akonix L7 v3.0 provides the
very latest in protocol support, including AOL 5.5, ICQ ("I Seek You") A conferencing program for the Internet from Mirabilis, Tel Aviv, Israel (www.icq.com). It provides interactive chat, e-mail and file transfer and can alert you when someone on your predefined list has also come online. v2003b
and v4.0 Lite, and MSN v6.0, v6.1 and v6.2. Akonix L7 is the
only gateway that provides dynamically updated protocols,
which keeps the gateway current with the latest IM application
changes. This industry leading support for the leading IM
networks includes enabling features for deployment of
Microsoft's MSN Connect for Enterprises for company-owned
-- Broadest Range of Authentication (1) Verifying the integrity of a transmitted message. See message integrity, e-mail authentication and MAC.
(2) Verifying the identity of a user logging into a network. Services -- Augmenting
Akonix's patent-pending auto discovery of users and screen
name mapping, L7 v3.0 delivers self-registration, which allows
users to register screen names when other authentication
methods are unavailable. This capability ensures that L7 v3.0
is easy to deploy, allowing corporations to manage IM use
based on corporate directory identities, without any
additional effort from IT staff.
-- Support for Windows 2003 -- Continuing to provide customers
with the broadest server deployment options, L7 v3.0 adds
support for Windows 2003.
-- Key Performance Improvements to Core Messaging Architecture --
Akonix has also made significant improvements to the
underlying architecture of the core L7 messaging engine,
affording a more flexible platform that easily accommodates
new features and allows for accelerated delivery of key
capabilities. These changes also provide unprecedented levels
of extensibility that leverage Akonix's new application
products announced earlier this year. This exposes useful IM
services, such as presence integration, to members of the
Akonix Application Developer Program.
"Eradicating any threat of spim, adware or malware spread through IM is fundamental to enabling the corporate-wide adoption of a unified strategy for securing and managing access to public and enterprise IM," said Francis Costello, chief marketing officer at Akonix Systems, Inc. "L7 v3.0 provides the most robust enterprise-level features to make IM secure and productive for any organization."
Akonix L7 was the first real-time management gateway for public and enterprise IM systems, allowing corporations to realize the benefits of managed access to IM without compromising network or endpoint security. More than 250 companies worldwide have deployed Akonix's gateway, serving over 300,000 users and L7 Enterprise is the only authorized gateway for AOL, MSN and Yahoo! IM networks.
To learn more about Akonix L7 Enterprise 3.0, please visit www.akonix.com.
Akonix is the leading provider of enterprise-class business solutions for leveraging the power of multi-network enterprise instant messaging. Akonix's award-winning products leverage patent-pending core technology, and advanced IM application development platform, and certified See certification. strategic partnerships to deliver multi-network management, security, integration and compliance capabilities across all major IM systems, including America Online's AIM and ICQ, Microsoft's MSN, Yahoo!, Microsoft's Live Communications Server (LCS), Reuters Messaging Reuters Messaging (RM) is an instant messaging and presence collaboration service, first released by Reuters in October of 2002. It is marketed toward the financial services industry. The most recent version is Reuters Messaging 6.0. Features
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Please [ improve this article] or discuss the issue on the talk page. , Telecommunications, Energy, Technology, Healthcare and Entertainment depend on Akonix to manage, secure and enable IM for over 300,000 enterprise users. Akonix is the preferred IM management solution of some of the world's largest companies, including Cingular Wireless, Qualcomm, EMC (1) (EMC Corporation, Hopkinton, MA, www.emc.com) The leading supplier of storage products for midrange computers and mainframes. Founded in 1979 by Richard J. Egan and Roger Marino, EMC has developed advanced storage and retrieval technologies for the world's largest companies. and ING.
Akonix is widely recognized as the technology and market innovator with awards for its L7 Enterprise IM gateway from Network World, eWeek, SC Magazine, PC Magazine and UCSD UCSD University of California, San Diego (La Jolla, California)
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UCSD Ultra Cool Sexy Dudes Connect. Akonix is backed by leading venture capital firms Name Location Founding date Managing Partners/Directors Specialty Capital managed
5AM Ventures Menlo Park, CA; Waltham, MA 2002 John Diekman, PhD (managing partner), Scott Rocklage, PhD (managing partner), Andrew Schwab (managing partner) life sciences $200M  Menlo Ventures, Mission Ventures, Palomar Ventures and Windward wind·ward
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To enable secure and productive use of multi-network instant messaging in your organization, visit www.akonix.com for a free trial or to request more information.