Policies & Disclaimers
Many UC platforms do not provide the granular policy enforcement that is required in today’s networked business world, where “coopetition” and “frenemy” are facts of life. To that end, UCs need to be bound by policies that limit which kinds of data transmissions are allowable. On top of that, businesses need to be able to attach disclaimers to their messages if they so choose. Increasingly, organizations are realizing they have a security gap because they lack the ability to block file transfer, IM, voice and video traffic across their existing direct UC federations (e.g., Lync-to-Lync). Moreover, trying to ensure that disclaimers are properly displayed across disparate UC platforms is nearly impossible. A number of UC platforms, such as OpenFire, do not even support disclaimers. With NextPlane’s policies and disclaimers, however, businesses are given considerably more control over their UC ecosystems.
UC Exchange policy enforcement features give organizations control over the type of traffic (IM, presence, voice, video and file transfer) that should be allowed or denied across their business networks and collaborative communities. For example, UC Exchange can enforce policies that allow only specific users from a partner domain to exchange presence and chat data with select employees within an organization. On the other side of the coin, it can be used to block designated employees from communicating with select partner domains while allowing the rest of the organization to communicate and collaborate freely.
UC Exchange also allows customizable disclaimer messages to be displayed at the beginning of a chat or a multiuser chat session. These messages are visible to all chat participants regardless of the UC platforms (including platforms that do not usually support this type of feature). Organizations typically use this feature to display legal, compliance and security advisories.
The NextPlane UC Exchange Policies and Disclaimers supports Microsoft Office® 365, Lync 2013 and 2010, OCS 2007 R1 and R2; Cisco WebEx Messenger, Unified Communication Manager IM & Presence Service, and Jabber XCP; IBM Sametime; Unify OpenScape®; Broadsoft Cloud One®; GENBAND EXPERiUS; and OpenFire, to name a few.