Printer Friendly

Civil Air Patrol Coordinates Search and Rescue Flights with Instant Messaging Managed by IMlogic IM Manager; Operations Center Orchestrated Emergency Hurricane Response Flights While Ensuring Real-Time Conversations Were Secure and Compliant.

WALTHAM, Mass. -- The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) depends on IMlogic IM Manager(TM) to secure emergency real-time communications with volunteers across the country for search and rescue flights, Department of Homeland Security missions and disaster response. CAP coordinated its vital missions in the South following the devastation wrought by hurricanes Katrina and Rita using instant messaging to plan hundreds of missions to find survivors, take aerial photographs and help bring aid to those in need.

Initially, CAP's network team was concerned that instant messaging would expose the organization's communications infrastructure to a raft of viruses and worms and proposed shutting down all IM. "In the emergency response world, the immediacy of communications is absolutely critical," said CAP Chief of Communications Malcolm Kyser. "We had to make a case that IM is not a toy, but a mission-critical resource. IM Manager provides the file transfer blocking and comprehensive management necessary to minimize the risk and transform IM from a liability into an indispensable emergency response and general operations tool."

Kyser works in the operations center headquarters at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala. From there, operations managers coordinate all CAP flight missions directed from the United States Air Force, the Federal Emergency Management Administration and the Department of Homeland Security. As a decentralized, nonprofit auxiliary to the Air Force, CAP is the largest single owner of a general aviation fleet in the world. IM plays a significant role in connecting key volunteers around the country who direct functions such as training, budgeting, staffing and operations. CAP uses IMlogic IM Manager to prevent viruses and worms from attacking the network and to ensure users comply with internal IM use policies.

"Because communications are at the heart of what we do, we wanted to make sure we wouldn't fall prey to cyber attacks, particularly with the speed at which IM can deliver worms and viruses," said CAP Network Administrator Norman Thames. "After evaluating our options, we chose IM Manager because of the combination of the Real-Time Threat Protection System's defense against zero-day attacks and the network- and user-level management of IM Manager, which ensures our systems are secure and compliant."

CAP is using IMlogic IM Manager to manage its America Online AOL(R) Instant Messenger(TM) (AIM(R)) network.

"CAP is the latest in a list of customers that have used IMlogic IM Manager to reduce the risk of cyber threats, while leveraging the significant value of real-time communications," said IMlogic Chief Technology Officer, Jon Sakoda. "With the scale of disasters of recent months, instant communication and collaboration to help coordinate search and delivery of supplies is even more critical."

About Civil Air Patrol

CAP, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 56,000 members nationwide. It performs 95 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Langley Air Force Base, Va. CAP was credited in 2004 by the AFRCC with saving more than 140 lives. CAP volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counter-drug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Members take a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to the almost 23,000 young people currently participating in the CAP Cadet Program. CAP has been performing missions for America for more than 63 years. For more information, go to www.cap.gov or call CAP's toll-free hotline: 1-800-FLY-2338.

About IMlogic Inc.

IMlogic Inc. is the market leader in instant messaging management and security software. Companies across the financial services, energy, healthcare, government, media, telecommunications, technology, and manufacturing industries, including Fortune 100 companies, depend on the award-winning IMlogic IM Manager to manage, control and secure corporate IM usage, while satisfying messaging compliance requirements. For more information on IMlogic, call 877-IMlogic or visit www.imlogic.com.
COPYRIGHT 2005 Business Wire
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2005, Gale Group. All rights reserved. Gale Group is a Thomson Corporation Company.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:Business Wire
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 19, 2005
Words:643
Previous Article:Most Talked-About News in 2005: Americans Rank Hurricane Katrina and Spike in Oil Prices Highest, Reports LexisNexis Survey.
Next Article:Clarke American Selects ATG to Power New E-Commerce Site.
Topics:


Related Articles
CIVIL AIR PATROL REVS UP EMERGENCY EXERCISES.
Chat away with no worries.
V.Ships Achieves IM Security and Governance with IMlogic IM Manager; World's largest ship management company complies with legislative requirements...
Reed Elsevier Deploys IMlogic IM Manager as Corporate Standard for Secure Instant Messaging Management; Leading Global Media Company Embraces IM's...
IMlogic Threat Center Reports Record Number of IM Threat Mutations Risk Undermining Existing Content Security Protections; Over 88 Percent of IM...
Norway's Leading Commercial Television Network Prevents IM-based Cyber Attacks and Downtime with IMlogic IM Manager.
IMlogic Threat Center Reports November Instant Messaging Attacks Increased 3,266 Percent over November 2004; Increased IM threat mutations highlights...
The Seattle Times makes IM a valuable and secure reporting and publishing tool with IMlogic IM Manager.
IMlogic Expands Market Leadership with Record Revenue Growth in 2005; Instant Messaging Management Leader Reports Third Consecutive Year of Rapid...
IMlogic Threat Center Releases Reports: ''2005 Real-Time Communications Security: The Year in Review'' and ''Top 5 IM Security Risks for 2006''.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2019 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters