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Instant Messaging and Peer-to-Peer Security Threats

Postby SlyckTom » Tue Apr 05, 2005 12:06 pm

Instant Messaging and Peer-to-Peer Security Threats Cause Corporate Alarm; Akonix Security Center Highlights Rapid Growth in New Security Risks Identified and Addressed for Enterprises

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 5, 2005--Akonix Systems, the premier provider of solutions for security, control and integration of IM, today announces that its Security Center team tracked over 100 new corporate security threats targeting IM and P2P systems in the first quarter of 2005, a more than 400% increase over the same period last year and more threats than were identified in all of 2004. Additionally, Akonix has issued over 50 security policy updates in Q1 2005, utilizing the industry's only dynamic IM security filter to automatically protect Akonix customers from these increasingly frequent attacks.

The Akonix Security Center ( is a collaborative effort between Akonix's internal group, enterprise customer security teams and industry leading partners in IM security and infrastructure, focused on the emerging risks posed by IM and P2P applications in the corporate environment. In 2005, thousands of enterprises have taken advantage of resources made available by Akonix to help address these threats in their organizations, including email alerts, free RogueAware software for identifying unmanaged, unauthorized IM and P2P use on their networks and security assessments by Akonix's field team.

According to the Akonix Security Center, the increase in security threats in 2005 can be attributed to three major areas:

1. Greater interest from virus writers based on the continued rapid
adoption of instant messaging by enterprise employees for business
communications, often without knowledge of, or management by,
enterprise IT organizations

2. Increased perimeter security for other attack methods such as Web
access and email systems being installed by IT departments

3. Increased sophistication of attacks, including published methods
that encourage copycats, multiple mutations of initial attacks and
migration of new threats, such as social engineering and phishing
to IM systems

"Since the start of 2005, IM networks have been on the receiving end of an unprecedented barrage of security attacks," said Francis Costello, chief marketing officer at Akonix Systems. "Virus writers, hackers and scammers are becoming more sophisticated in their approach to vulnerable, insecure IM clients and networks, distributing not just viruses and malware, but putting together blended attacks and phishing scams. Unmanaged and unauthorized use of IM within enterprise networks presents an increasingly serious threat to corporate security."

For more information on how Akonix solutions ensure networks are protected against the security risks of unmanaged IM and P2P use, please visit, or contact Akonix's sales group at / 619-615-9415.

About Akonix

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, an advanced IM application development platform, and certified strategic partnerships to deliver multi-network management, security, integration and compliance capabilities across all major IM systems, including America Online(R) AIM and ICQ, Microsoft MSN, Yahoo! Messenger, Microsoft Live Communications Server, Reuters Messaging, IBM Lotus Instant Messaging (Sametime) and Jabber.

More than 500 customers in Financial Services, Telecommunications, Energy, Technology, Healthcare and Entertainment depend on Akonix to manage, secure and enable IM for over 700,000 enterprise users. Akonix is the preferred IM management solution of some of the world's largest companies, including Cingular Wireless, EMC and ING.

Akonix is widely recognized as the technology and market innovator with awards for its L7 Enterprise IM gateway from Windows & .NET Magazine, Network World, eWeek, SC Magazine, PC Magazine and Red Herring. Akonix is backed by leading venture capital firms Menlo Ventures, Mission Ventures, Palomar Ventures and Windward Ventures, who collectively manage over $3.5 billion in capital.
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