Securing instant messaging

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It was only recently that IM was the preserve of teens and net-savvy companies. But like so many applications that start small, IM has made the leap from cool tool to useful business application. US analyst Gartner suggests that IM "will rival email in terms of both volume and ubiquity." In 2005 alone, it believes half of all companies will be using enterprise-level IM clients.

However, just like email before it, IM is starting to cause security worries for companies. IM has become part of business as a result of employees bringing it to their desks, rather than businesses providing it as a policy-led decision. This means many businesses are unaware that they have IM ...

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