Onset Technology’s METAmessage ACT prevents wireless data loss, compliance issues (BlackBerry Bytes)

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Wireless enterprise solutions provider Onset Technology announced today the launch of METAmessage Advanced Compliance Tool (ACT). METAmessage ACT allows organizations to scan, block and archive wireless email from business and personal accounts, SMS, BlackBerry PIN-to-PIN and instant messaging communications for compliance and data loss prevention. METAmessage ACT will be available with all major U.S. wireless carriers, and Verizon Wireless is supporting the METAmessage ACT launch with an enterprise advertising campaign.

Waltham, Mass – Onset Technology, a leading developer of enterprise wireless solutions, today announced the launch of its expanded METAmessage Advanced Compliance Tool (ACT) which enables enterprises to prevent data loss and control wireless messaging that violates federal compliance regulations.

METAmessage ACT for the first time allows organizations to scan, block and archive wireless email from business and personal accounts, SMS, BlackBerry® PIN-to-PIN and instant messaging communications for compliance and data loss prevention (DLP). METAmessage ACT also tags and archives messages for recovery through an organization’s existing eDiscovery system, mirroring controls enforced in enterprise email monitoring solutions. METAmessage ACT will be available with all major U.S. wireless carriers, and Verizon Wireless is supporting the METAmessage ACT launch with an enterprise advertising campaign.

“Until now, wireless messaging (specifically PIN to PIN and SMS text) has been the Wild West of compliance,” said Vivian Tero, Program Manager, Compliance Infrastructure with IDC. “Rules governing ethical walls, message retention and Personally Identifiable Information transmitted via mobile handsets, such as SMS and BlackBerry PIN, have been difficult to enforce since these message types do not go always through the corporate messaging servers and networks. METAmessage ACT means no excuses for compliance managers, as they can now minimize the risk of inappropriate smartphone messaging—and associated penalties—with an intelligent oversight solution.”

METAmessage ACT addresses the expanding wireless data leak and compliance needs of all publicly traded companies as required under archiving and monitoring regulations, including FINRA, SEC, Sarbanes-Oxley, NASD and HIPAA. Onset is launching METAmessage ACT through implementation with a select group of long-established customers, including Reed Smith, LLP, one of the 15 largest law firms in the world, as well as multiple leading global investment banks.

“The ability to produce all electronic communications records for regulatory reviews or litigation support is a must,” said Dennis Jacques, Manager of Special Projects at Reed Smith, LLP. “Our lawyers are on the go, constantly texting and chatting in regards to sensitive topics on their BlackBerry® smartphones. ACT will allow our lawyers to continue moving at the pace of business while remaining fully compliant with archiving and control regulations.”

How METAmessage ACT Works

METAmessage ACT monitors, controls and archives smartphone messages through the following process:

* Employing a lexicon-based system, METAmessage ACT monitors words, patterns and strings for sensitive content transmitted via wireless email, SMS, personal BlackBerry mail, BlackBerry PIN-to-PIN and instant messaging. For example, the system can monitor for patient information, credit card numbers and social security numbers and block inappropriate messages.
* Blacklists and whitelists establish an ethical wall which controls unauthorized communications between specific users and groups.
* METAmessage ACT alerts the sender, security manager and compliance officer to the presence of inappropriate communications and blocks the transmission before the message leaves the handset, providing data loss prevention and true endpoint security.
* Copies of all messages are tagged with a unique identifier and sent to the organization’s existing archiving system for later eDiscovery.

METAmessage ACT is implemented via a server where wireless messaging rules, lexicons and user lists are defined and pushed to a user’s handset over the air. IT administrators and compliance officers manage the system in real-time, meaning that they can easily change and update contact rules for users and user groups.
Rafi Kaminer, CEO of Onset Technology, commented: “METAmessage ACT was created entirely by a need in the market. Earlier this year, some of the leading banks asked us to help them comply with new FINRA regulations for monitoring, controlling and archiving wireless messages. In parallel, we received requests to help proactively prevent intellectual property data leaks originating on smartphones. We used our proven, mature METAmessage platform to create ACT—the first and only solution that enables employees to keep pace with the speed of business on their smartphones while keeping companies covered.”

METAmessage ACT is currently compatible with BlackBerry smartphones from Research In Motion (RIM) (NSDQ: RIMM), which constitute the overwhelming majority of the enterprise wireless market. Windows Mobile is scheduled to be supported shortly, with iPhone and Symbian scheduled to be supported during 2009.

About Onset Technology:
Onset Technology develops software solutions for wireless messaging compliance, data loss prevention, emergency communications and mobile device management. Onset’s METAmessage Wireless platform serves more than 1,400 enterprise, government, healthcare and emergency services clients globally. Onset’s METAmessage Advanced Compliance Tool (ACT) for the first time enables enterprise IT, security and compliance officers to easily and efficiently comply with changing requirements for monitoring, controlling and archiving wireless messages. Onset Technology was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Waltham, Mass., with a research and development center in Herzliya Pituach, Israel, and offices in New York, Washington, and Santa Cruz, Calif.

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