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Closing the gap: Information Barriers for External Communication Control


In today’s interconnected business landscape, ensuring secure and compliant communication within and outside your organization is paramount. Microsoft Teams Information Barriers has emerged as a valuable tool for managing internal communication and preventing conflicts of interest. However, its limitations in controlling external user communication pose a significant challenge for many companies. AGAT’s Ethical Wall/Information Barriers solution – the missing piece to complete your communication security puzzle. 

Understanding Microsoft Teams Information Barriers 

Microsoft Teams Information Barriers is a feature designed to regulate communication within an organization. It allows administrators to establish barriers between groups of users, preventing them from communicating with each other under certain circumstances. For instance, it can limit interactions between employees in different departments to maintain confidentiality or prevent conflicts of interest. 

The Limitation: Internal Focus Only 

While Microsoft Teams Information Barriers effectively manages internal communication, it falls short when it comes to controlling interactions with external users. This limitation poses a challenge for organizations that frequently collaborate with external partners, clients, or vendors. Without the ability to regulate these external communications, companies risk exposing sensitive information or violating compliance regulations. 

The Need and Benefits of Information Barriers for External User Communication Control: 

Imagine a large multinational corporation, Company X, with multiple departments spread across different regions. Company X frequently collaborates with external partners, including suppliers, contractors, and consultants, to drive innovation and business growth. However, due to the sensitive nature of their projects and the proprietary information involved, Company X needs to maintain strict control over communication with these external entities. 

Protecting Intellectual Property: Company X wants to safeguard its intellectual property and trade secrets. They need to restrict access to detailed project specifications, design plans, and proprietary algorithms to only essential team members within the organization, while still allowing collaboration with external consultants on specific aspects of the project. 

Compliance Requirements: Company X operates in regulated industries where compliance with data privacy and security standards is paramount. They need to ensure that their collaboration with external partners adheres to industry regulations and internal policies. Information Barriers for external user communication control enable them to maintain compliance by restricting access to sensitive data and ensuring proper oversight of communication channels. 

Maintaining Competitive Advantage: Company X understands that maintaining a competitive edge in the market requires discretion and confidentiality. By implementing Information Barriers for external user communication control, they can prevent the inadvertent sharing of sensitive information with competitors or unauthorized parties, preserving their competitive advantage in the industry. 

In this scenario, Information Barriers for external user communication control would allow Company X to maintain secure and compliant collaboration with external partners while safeguarding their proprietary information and maintaining their competitive advantage in the market. By implementing granular control over external communication channels, Company X can mitigate the risk of data breaches, protect their intellectual property, and foster trust and confidence among stakeholders. 

AGAT’s Ethical Wall/Information Barriers: Bridging the Gap 

AGAT’s Ethical Wall/Information Barriers solution fills the void left by Microsoft Teams Information Barriers’ inability to control external user communication. With AGAT, organizations gain granular control over all communication interactions, both internal and external. Here’s how AGAT’s solution addresses the shortcomings: 

Granular Control 

AGAT’s Ethical Wall empowers administrators with granular control over communication policies. Whether it’s restricting access to specific external users or managing communication channels with partners, AGAT ensures that every interaction is governed by predefined rules and guidelines. 

External Communication Management 

Unlike Microsoft Teams Information Barriers, AGAT’s solution extends its reach beyond internal communication. It allows organizations to manage and control communication with external users, ensuring that sensitive information remains protected and compliance requirements are met. 

Comprehensive Compliance 

AGAT’s Ethical Wall provides comprehensive auditing and reporting capabilities, enabling organizations to demonstrate compliance with regulatory requirements. By maintaining a detailed record of communication activities, companies can ensure accountability and transparency in their operations. 

Conclusion: Closing the Gap for Complete Communication Security 

In the era of remote work and digital collaboration, securing communication channels is non-negotiable. While Microsoft Teams Information Barriers offer valuable internal communication controls, its limitation in managing external user interactions leaves a crucial gap in communication security. AGAT’s Ethical Wall/Information Barriers solution bridges this gap, providing organizations with the tools they need to safeguard sensitive information, maintain compliance, and foster secure collaboration – both internally and externally. Don’t let limitations hinder your communication security efforts. Embrace AGAT’s solution and unlock the full potential of your communication platform. 

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SphereShield: Empowering Legal Firms with Advanced Compliance Solutions


In the fast-paced and highly regulated world of legal practice, confidentiality, compliance, and effective communication are paramount. Legal firms handle sensitive client information daily, necessitating robust solutions to ensure strict adherence to regulations while maximizing productivity. SphereShield is a comprehensive suite of compliance solutions designed to meet the unique needs of legal firms, providing a secure, controlled, and efficient environment for communication and data management. 

SphereShield recognizes the varying communication needs within legal firms. Its flexibility in creating communication policies based on users, groups, or domains allows for tailored controls. For example, it can restrict external communication for specific cases or enable secure channels for privileged client discussions. 

Ethical Wall: Safeguarding Confidentiality 

Legal firms deal with confidential information daily. SphereShield’s Ethical Wall feature enables these firms to establish barriers restricting interaction among users. This ensures that sensitive client data remains within authorized circles, preventing unauthorized access or communication. 

Real-Time Data Loss Prevention (DLP): Securing Sensitive Data 

The real-time DLP capabilities of SphereShield are indispensable for legal firms. Active content inspection ensures that sensitive information, such as case details or client records, never leaves the firm’s network. Integration with leading DLP vendors strengthens this defence against data breaches. 

Archive & eDiscovery: Effortless Compliance Management 

Legal compliance often involves extensive data retrieval. SphereShield simplifies this process by maintaining a separate repository for all communications. Legal firms can easily search and retrieve files, messages, audio, video, and meeting activities based on specific parameters, aiding in compliance checks and eDiscovery. 

Recording AI Compliance Analysis: Meeting Regulatory Standards 

SphereShield’s recording and AI compliance analysis feature is a game-changer for legal firms. Storing and analyzing meeting transcripts ensures adherence to regulatory standards. Video OCR capabilities allow for the identification of critical phrases or content, facilitating rapid search and ensuring compliance with legal requirements. 

In essence, SphereShield’s suite of solutions is tailor-made for legal firms, addressing their unique compliance, communication, and data security needs. By implementing SphereShield, legal practices can uphold strict confidentiality standards, adhere to regulatory requirements, and maintain efficient communication channels, thereby gaining a competitive edge while safeguarding client trust and confidentiality. With SphereShield, legal firms can confidently navigate the complexities of their industry while ensuring utmost compliance and productivity. 

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Webex Security Essentials: Protecting Data and Ensuring Compliance


Communication and collaboration platforms like Webex play a pivotal role in business operations, ensuring robust security and compliance measures is paramount. Companies worldwide are seeking solutions that not only bolster security but also streamline compliance adherence without hindering productivity. Enter SphereShield for Webex—a comprehensive solution designed to tackle the intricate requirements of Compliance, Governance, Data Protection, and Security while maintaining seamless productivity. 

Real-time Data Loss Prevention (DLP) 

One of the standout features of SphereShield is its real-time Data Loss Prevention capabilities. It empowers organizations to scrutinize content—be it files or messages—flowing through Webex in real time. Leveraging the AGAT DLP engine or integrating seamlessly with leading DLP vendors, SphereShield allows the retention of existing policies. Moreover, it efficiently links potential incidents to eDiscovery, facilitating a comprehensive review of conversation contexts for prompt action. 

Ethical Wall Implementation 

Maintaining control and establishing boundaries within communication channels is critical. SphereShield addresses this through its Ethical Wall feature, which enables the blocking of communication between users while offering granular control over user activities like desktop sharing and file transfers. The platform allows for the creation of communication policies based on various parameters such as user groups, domains, conversation types (Channels/Chats), and scopes (internal/external). This level of control ensures a secure and compliant communication environment without impeding necessary collaboration. 

Extended eDiscovery Capabilities 

SphereShield further extends its functionality through enhanced eDiscovery capabilities. It facilitates seamless archiving of data, whether on the cloud or on-site, enabling users to effortlessly search and export communications based on specific parameters like user, time, channel, and text. What’s more, this solution integrates seamlessly with existing on-site eDiscovery and archiving solutions, offering a cohesive approach to data management and compliance. 

The integration of SphereShield for Webex serves as a proactive step towards fortifying security and compliance measures without disrupting the day-to-day operations of businesses. It not only mitigates risks associated with data breaches and non-compliance but also empowers organizations with tools to efficiently manage and monitor communications. 

In a digital landscape riddled with evolving threats and regulatory requirements, SphereShield stands as a robust ally, offering a multifaceted approach to Webex security. By combining real-time DLP, Ethical Wall implementation, and extended eDiscovery capabilities, it elevates Webex’s capabilities to meet the rigorous standards of modern cybersecurity and regulatory compliance. 

Watch Webex for SphereShield

In conclusion, SphereShield for Webex is a testament to innovation in the realm of collaboration platform security. It doesn’t just provide a shield—it fosters an environment where security, compliance, and productivity coexist harmoniously, safeguarding sensitive information while facilitating seamless collaboration. 

The need of the hour for businesses is a solution that not only fortifies security but also aligns with compliance mandates. SphereShield for Webex emerges as that comprehensive solution—a guardian of communication integrity and a beacon of compliance in the digital age. 

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