BELMONT, CA--(Marketwire - Sep 19, 2012) - Actiance, helping organizations benefit from new forms of communications and collaboration, today announced that Tarrant County, Texas, has licensed compliance and security platform, Vantage, to bring innovative eDiscovery solutions to the county's confined network. Vantage provides each of the dispersed 19 offices with sophisticated capabilities to archive online communications, including monitoring and managing all of its network instant messaging (IM) traffic, ensuring protection and compliance with state regulations.
"IM has been a routine part of our communications at all our county offices for awhile now, but to remain current with Texas regulations, it was necessary to upgrade to a product that could handle all our present and future needs," said Dave Plak, CSO for Tarrant County. "It's inevitable that we'll be adding access to social media sites and are reliant upon Actiance to provide us with essential support that also meets the requirements of the state."
Texas law declares that if three commissioners are chatting online, it is considered a public meeting and not only has to be publicized, but must never be deleted. To safeguard against similar compliance concerns, Tarrant County installed Vantage as an IM proxy so all the data traffic inside the network is filtered through the technology, storing the conversations properly in a secure, centralized data vault. Vantage also filters out malware and prevents data leakage, making it the right choice to address the county's immediate eDiscovery needs.
Additionally, in light of the growing importance of social media in an eDiscovery strategy, Tarrant County concluded that Actiance provided the most flexible, scalable platform to accommodate the county's future requirements. An eDiscovery Solutions Group (eDSG) report found that social media has important evidentiary value in legal proceedings, referencing "over 570 published court decisions where social media was the key evidence" over the past 12 months. Therefore, adopting eDiscovery policies and new technology platforms goes far beyond meeting state and federal government requirements.
"Even government agencies cannot ignore the enormous push of adopting new forms of communication," says Kailash Ambwani, President and CEO at Actiance. "These new forms are evolving to make our lives easier. It's now crucial for any organization using social media to safeguard itself by developing eDiscovery policies. Failure to move with the tide invites risk with potentially catastrophic consequences."
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Actiance helps organizations manage, secure and ensure compliance across unified communications, collaboration and Web 2.0 applications such as blogs, wikis and social networks. Actiance's award-winning platforms are used by 9 of the top 10 US banks and 284 FINRA regulated firms globally.
The Actiance platform allows organizations to gain visibility of applications in use, apply usage and content policies, ensure compliance and gain valuable insights across the communications and collaboration channels in use. Actiance supports all leading social networks, unified communications and collaboration providers and IM platforms, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google, Yahoo!, AOL, Skype, Cisco, Microsoft, Jive and IBM.
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