AOL adds encryption to its corporate IM

The enhancements are designed to give companies more control over instant messaging

America Online Inc. has shored up its enterprise messaging products, adding the ability to encrypt messages, files and chat sessions over its network, as well as to log and audit them.

The enhancements to the company's enterprise messaging tools, announced today, are designed to give companies greater control over instant messaging (IM) use.

The encryption capabilities are incorporated into Version 5.2 of the AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) client and AIM Enterprise Gateway 2.0. They are enabled when users click on an option in the AIM client, prompting the deployment of a digital certificate from AOL using technology from VeriSign Inc.

AOL also announced that the AIM Enterprise Gateway now makes it possible to map AIM screen names to an employee's IDs, allowing for permission-based access to information based on job title, department or function, for example.

The new offerings are part of a push by AOL to roll out more corporate messaging products, as the market continues to show strong growth. A study released earlier this month by The Radicati Group Inc. in Palo Alto, Calif., predicted that the number of corporate IM accounts would reach 60 million in 2003 and grow to 349 million by 2007.

Earlier this month, AOL announced that it was partnering with Waltham, Mass.-based IMLogic Inc. to provide added management, control and security to AIM.

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