Katt, Spencer. Luck O' the Katt. Spencer Weekly Opinion Column, eWeek. March 15, 2004.

Interesting rumours ... -IBM possibly to pick up Peregrine? -HP possibly to buy BMC or NetIQ? -BMC possibly to buy NetIQ? ... will be interesting to see the Windows/Exchange/AD management space in another year.

Valentine, Lisa. Alcoa CIO Rudi Huber: Transforming Global I.T. CIO Today. March 24, 2004.

Dialog with Alco CIO Rudi Huber about the challenges faced by Alcoa. Touches on Sarbanes-Oxley and use of various Microsoft technologies.

Tech Firms in Clover Over Regs. New York Post Online Edition. March 31, 2004.

Likens fiscal magnitude of Sarbanes-Oxley compliance challenges with those of Y2K ... "Businesses will spend about $5.5 billion this year to comply with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, according to AMR Research, including about $1 billion on software. "

Garner, Rochelle. Microsoft, Oracle Target Sarbanes-Oxley. CRN. Mar. 30, 2004

Mention of how Microsoft is facilitating Sarbanes-Oxley compliance with Sections 404, 302 with the Microsoft Office Solution Accelerator for Sarbanes-Oxley, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Windows SharePoint Services, Office InfoPath 2003 and SQL Server 2000. Microsoft has expanded free use of the Sarbanes-Oxley Solution Accelerator from SA customers to all customers.

Sarbanes-Oxley: Little Time Left. IndustryWeek.com April 1, 2004.

Time's running out for SoX compliance ...


How to send email when you are dead. The INQUIRER. March 25, 2004.

Just had to blog this ... amusing. DOT.COM has come up with a way that you can send emails when you are dead. According to the Cleveland television studio WEWS there is always a problem when you are dead in that you cannot email your friends and relatives of your current change of state

Compton, Jason. The European Email Market Is Poised for Growth. DestinationCRM.com: March 25, 2004.

Europe has dozens of languages, thousands of historic sites, and is approaching 200 million email users, according to a new study from The Radicati Group. Currently comprising just fewer than one third of the world's email users, the report looks at critical trends for growth in the European corporate messaging market from 2004 to 2008.

MessageLabs Listed in the `Visionary' Quadrant By Influential Industry Analysts in Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Spam Filtering.TMCnet.March 29, 2004.

MessageLabs Listed in the `Visionary' Quadrant By Influential Industry Analysts in Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Spam Filtering.

[New] 2004 Email Technology Conference to be Held in San Francisco, June 16-18. Silicon Valley Biz Inc. March 30, 2004.

Interesting all-new conference just announced ... called Email Technology Conference ... aka "ETC 2004" ... in San Francisco Jun 16-18, 2004. Speaker lineup includes Matt Cain (Meta), Maurene Caplan Grey (Gartner), Michael Osterman (Osterman Research), Phil Zimmerman (PGP Founder), Nancy Flynn (ePolicy Institute). Looks to be a pretty heavy focus on policy ... "General topics that will covered at the Email Technology Conference include email infrastructure, marketing practices, security, policy, filtering, legal issues, future of email, wireless email, and international perspectives." See http://www.etcevent.com/ for info ... early registration until April 30, 2004.

NSW to outlaw unauthorised cyber snooping. www.smh.com.au. March 30, 2004.

Legislation in Australian state (New South Wales) will now prohibit unauthorized e-mail surveillance without a court order. If surveillance is to be implemented then something like a popup warning could be implemented to warn employees of this surveillance (per ABC News story at http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1077250.htm)

Sherriff, Lucy. Email filter patent puts industry on Edge. The Register. March 30, 2004.

Interesting new twist in the industry as a result of a US patent acquired by Postini. The patent effectively says that any system which intercepts mail, filtering viruses and spam messages from the inbox and then sends what's left to the intended recipient is using Postini's intellectual property (IP). This could apply to a large section of the anti-spam and anti-virus market. Postini's patent describes using a modified DNS address to redirect email to an email pre-processing service which can "detect and detain unwanted messages such as spam, viruses or other junk email messages". It covers various actions that could be performed on an incoming message, based on a user's settings. These include deletion, forwarding, forwarding of partial messages and mailing to several addresses. It also covers broadcasting the message to one or more wireless devices.


Brunelli, Mark. E-mail archiving market poised to explode. SearchDomino.com. March 16, 2004.

Discussion of Radicati Group Study that predicts over $2.3 billion market growth for archival vendors over the coming four years, as companies seek to ensure "internal policy complaince" ... Quote: Vinu Jacob, senior messaging engineer for the New York-based law firm Willkie, Farr & Gallagher, said that his IT department uses an e-mail archiving system to manage the deletion of e-mails after a set period of time. "We basically have a compliance issue where we are actually protecting the company against discovery orders," Jacob said. "We have a 30-day policy on e-mail retention." Jacob said that his firm gets 50,000 e-mail messages a day. Before purchasing e-mail archiving software, e-mails were deleted manually using a native Microsoft Exchange utility. "This was a very difficult and onerous task," Jacob said.

Hoffman, Thomas. Sarbanes-Oxley sparks forensics apps interest. Computerworld. March 26, 2004.

Discussion of renewed interest in computer forensics tools that assist with compliance and identification of possible fraudulent use of company assets.

Cybersecurity liability seen increasing. CNET News.com. March 28, 2004.

Mention of Sarbanes-Oxley & Email as another proposal to require public companies to disclose cybersecurity efforts was shelved last fall after business groups objected.


Corp Law Blog: The Sarbanes-Oxley Blues

Text of "The Sarbanes-Oxley Blues".

Corporate Compliance ADVISOR Magazine Info. Spring 2004.

Info at Advisor.com about their new forthcoming magazine called "Corporate Compliance ADVISOR magazine". Due out in Spring 2004 according to the site.

White papers: Doculabs' white paper - HP content management solutions for your Sarbanes-Oxley Act Compliance. HP.com. Feb. 25, 2004.

Touches on HP Autostore technologies and Microsoft Exchange data with respect to Sarbanes-Oxley.

Microsoft Office Solution Accelerator for Sarbanes-Oxley. Microsoft.com PressPass Article. December 2003.

Description of Microsoft Office Solution Accelerator for Sarbanes-Oxley.

Text of John Connors, CFO, Presentation to Financial Analysts in Boston. Wyndham Boston Hotel, Jan 27, 2004.

Presentation by Microsoft CFO to Boston audience of financial analysts. Touches on Sarbanes-Oxley & Microsoft Exchange Server.

Microsoft for Partners - GTM - Operational Efficiency

Some interesting resources related to "Operational Efficiency" one of Microsoft's GTM (=Go To Market) Initiatives. The Vision Papers are great.

Addressing Sarbanes-Oxley and Email/Records Management. KVS website.

Good page on KVS Inc. website (KVS is an Exchange archiving vendor)

Cabinet Approves Certified E-mail Bill. Rome, March 25, 2004. Agenzia Giornalistica Italia.

Italy's cabinet approved a bill today that gives legal value to e-mail considered "certified mail".


The Seattle Times: Business & Technology: More people cutting back on e-mail because of spam. March 22, 2004.

Some interesting stats on SPAM ... "The average U.S. online consumer received 3,920 unwanted commercial e-mail messages last year, according to Jupiter Research. And there's little, if any, relief in sight. "

JupiterResearch: U.S. E-mail Marketing Spending Will Rise to $6.1 Billion in 2008. March 23, 2004. Tekrati Research News

According to JupiterResearch U.S. E-mail Marketing Spending Will Rise to $6.1 Billion in 2008. They suggest SPAM isn't the biggest problem, rather it's legitimate marketers.

Mittelstaedt, Martin. $105,000 bought Ontario Hydro an e-mail. March 23, 2004. The Globe and Mail

Only in Canada, eh? Ontario Hydro doled out CDN$105K and all they got in return ...

CBC. Police searched reporter's garbage, e-mail. Ottawa, March 24, 2004. CBC News.

Interesting article concerning a national security-related investigation of Ottawa Citizen reporter Juliet O'Neill. According to this, RCMP apparently searched through 2 Million emails on their own servers for some scrap of evidence related to this case. Wonder what software they used for their audit? :-)

Dunn, Andrew. Principal Apologizes for Joke E-Mail. March 24, 2004. The Ledger.

Lakeland Principal sends out an e-mail joking about ADD that gets him into trouble.


QUEST SOFTWARE COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF AELITA SOFTWARE Combination of Technologies and Expertise Expands Quest’s Footprint in the Microsoft Infrastructure Management Market Segment.

Pea, Em C. Column: It's Still Not Done. Nov. 2003. MCP Magazine.

MCP Mag's "to-do" list of requests for Exchange Server 2005 (or whatever it'll be called).

Oracle promises major Collaboration Suite update

Oracle says they'll launch a major update to their Collaboration Suite. Will be interesting.


Brightmail - Products and Services - Brightmail Anti-Fraud

Brightmal's Fraud Stats page.

Brightmail - Spam Percentages and Spam Categories

Brightmail's SPAM Statistics page.