SOURCE: Actiance


August 09, 2011 08:00 ET

Actiance to Speak During 7th Annual GFIRST National Conference

Company Advises on "Dark Side of Social Media" and Strategies to Mitigate Risks at US-CERT Organized Conference

NASHVILLE, TN--(Marketwire - Aug 9, 2011) - GFIRST -- Actiance, enablers of the safe and compliant use of unified communications, collaboration and Web 2.0, will participate at the 2011 GFIRST conference, which helps public and private sector leaders familiar with the fundamentals of cyber security and incident response understand the movement in today's fast-changing, Internet-driven world. In addition to speaking to attendees, Actiance will be at booth 102, showcasing the company's government ready solutions.

Government employees, led by President Obama, see the value and requirement to leverage social media channels, such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. However, traditional security measures are not meant for modern collaboration tools. Evasive techniques, such as port hopping and protocol tunneling, are often used and bring increased risk of malware, data leakage and non-compliance to government, state and local agencies. Selected by a panel of experts to speak, Actiance will share insight into the risks of social technology and the practical measures that can be put in place straight away to help mitigate that risk.

Dealing with The Dark Side of Social Media and Collaboration
When: Wednesday, August 10, 2011, 2:30pm ET
Where: Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center, Jackson EF room
Who: Sarah Carter, vice president, Actiance, Inc.

"Social media tools allow government departments to connect with constituents and users while also maintaining open lines of communication, but without appropriate precautions, the dark side of social media can end up delivering more risk than reward," said Carter. "These risks were made absolutely clear in the June 2011 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report to Congressional Requesters 'Social Media Federal Agencies Need Policies and Procedures for Managing and Protecting Information They Access and Disseminate.' We'll discuss this report at the conference."

Actiance's full portfolio includes Vantage, the de facto platform for security, policy controls and compliance features for real-time and UC and Socialite. Vantage can pass and exceed the standards required to meet EAL and SL2 and FIPS requirements, and supports a variety of platforms, including Microsoft Lync Server, Office Communications Server (OCS), IBM Sametime, Cisco Unified Presence (CUP), Jabber, public instant messaging (IM) platforms including Skype and Web conferencing tools. For customers, this flexibility ensures a highly scalable, secure, managed solution is available for any of the leading platforms. Socialite provides controls for social media platforms, including Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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About Actiance
Actiance enables the safe and productive use of Unified Communications, collaboration and Web 2.0, including blogs and social networking sites. Formerly FaceTime Communications, Actiance's award-winning platforms are used by 9 of the top 10 US banks and more than 1600 organizations globally for the security, management and compliance of unified communications, Web 2.0 and social media channels. Actiance supports all leading social networks, unified communications providers and IM platforms, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter AOL, Google, Yahoo!, Skype, Microsoft, IBM and Cisco.

Actiance is headquartered in Belmont, California. For more information visit or call 1-888-349-3223.