Businesses that depend on email communications to securely transfer important data can benefit from a new message archive service from Sprint (NYSE:FON). Message Archive efficiently secures, preserves and retrieves crucial information assets to help meet business continuity, legal discovery and regulatory compliance needs. An off-site managed security service, Message Archive eases IT administration, reduces storage requirements and helps users quickly locate data, even with primary service disruptions.
Message Archive is the latest addition to the Sprint Managed Security(SM) Services portfolio and works in tandem with Sprint Email Protection(SM) service, a network-based solution for preventing spam, viruses and unwanted content from entering and compromising enterprise networks. Both services reflect Sprint’s security leadership in protecting corporate resources. Message Archive from Sprint captures all incoming and outgoing email traffic and instant messages “in-stream” without latency, filters undesirable content, and then indexes and stores them in an off-site location for easy retrieval. Off-site storage eases capacity load and keeps messages intact for business continuity or regulatory compliance purposes.
The growth and importance of business email has brought with it new government regulations and the need for effective archiving. Many enterprises in the health, finance and professional services industries must now comply with archiving regulations involving the SEC, NASD and the Center for Health and Human Services, which are enforcing laws such as Sarbanes-Oxley and HIPAA. Enterprises face significant fines for non-compliance. In the event of a lawsuit, legal discovery routinely requires the retrieval of email messages. Information retrieval capabilities can also be crucial to business continuity in the event of a disaster or failure within a network or individual computer. The use of a secure, Web-based interface like Message Archive allows users to send, receive, store, search and retrieve email, even when the primary email server is down.
“Message Archive is a managed, off-site service that meets a variety of business or legal needs well beyond assisting with regulatory compliance,” explained Tim Donahue, vice president – Enterprise Marketing, Sprint. “Simultaneously a necessity and a security risk, email is the common currency of the information age but also the weapon of choice for compromising corporate networks. Sprint Email Protection service and Message Archive together address privacy requirements for corporate messaging applications.”
Developed in partnership with FrontBridge Technologies, Message Archive from Sprint provides a centralized email and instant message policy management capability. Sprint handles storage administration as a hosted solution. Customers pay only for the disk space they use during contract periods of three, five or seven years based on archiving requirements and business type. There is no additional hardware or software to buy or install.
Sprint has over 25 years experience providing network security expertise — to federal and state governments as well as business customers of all sizes — through end-to-end security in the Sprint network and partnerships with best-of-breed vendors such as FrontBridge Technologies. Its comprehensive portfolio includes premise or network-based solutions, integrated wireline and wireless solutions, email protection services, backbone infrastructures with or without Internet connectivity, and transport agnostic solutions. Sprint has a team of experienced security professionals with various certifications (CISSP, CCSP, CCSA and NCSA, among others) and offers a range of consulting services, including risk assessments, security planning and strategy, and attack and penetration testing. Sprint was the first company to provide security SLAs (in 1998) and the first to develop peerless IP networks for government and business applications.
Information on Message Archive and Sprint’s comprehensive enterprise security solutions portfolio is available at: http://www.sprint.com/business/products/products/messageArchive.jsp .
Sprint offers an extensive range of innovative communication products and solutions, including global IP, wireless, local and multiproduct bundles. A Fortune 100 company with more than $27 billion in annual revenues in 2004, Sprint is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying state-of-the-art network technologies, including the United States’ first nationwide all-digital, fiber-optic network; an award-winning Tier 1 Internet backbone; and one of the largest 100-percent digital, nationwide wireless networks in the United States. For more information, visit http://www.sprint.com/mr .