Scanning Links in Instant Messangers

Posted on 2011-10-07
Last Modified: 2013-11-22
I was wondering if products such as Cisco IronPort or McAfee Secure Messaging Gateway (or any other similar product) have the ability to scan links within an Instant Messanger.

My research so far has turned up nothing so I am assuming it is not possible, but am posting here as a last resort.

Thanks in advance.
Question by:MAG03
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    Are you asking if these appliances actually scan the contents of the IM itself?

    These appliances will definately take action if a user clicks on the link to navigate to it (as long as the traffic flows through it).

    Or are you asking if the link will be scanned on an IM conversation that was established through one of these (internal user chatting with a 3rd party)?
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    Thanks for the reply, I know that both of these will kick into action if a link is clicked on, I was thinking more along the lines if there was an app or technology that can actively scan the IM.
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    Just to add, it will be to scan messages sent to and from the likes of MSN, Yahoo messanger...etc. is this possible?
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    Not really sure about the IronPort or SMG... you should contact a sales rep to get a better understanding of their offerings....You may want to have a look at this one:

    I've seen one in  action... does pretty well.  Think it may have what you are looking for.

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