Blocking IMs, P2P networks
Akonix Systems Inc. launched a new system to block unmanaged access to instant messages and peer-to-peer file sharing. Akonix Enforcer v4.0 protects against risks from the unauthorized use of IM and P2P protocols such as eDonkey and BitTorrent.
Enforcer v.4.0 complements port-based security such as firewalls and integrates with San Diego-based Akonix's IM management solution. Enforcer can identify and block Internet Relay Chat as well as AOL's AIM, ICQ, MSN and Yahoo IM.
Employees swapping files and messages drain bandwidth, create legal liability and introduce risks through viruses or hacker attacks, according to Akonix officials. Enforcer works with a company's IM management solution, letting authorized users access IM networks in a controlled fashion. -- Doug Beizer