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Imanami, Paranet Team To Combat Security Threats And Patch Unauthorized Email Access

Paranet will now offer Imanami's directory and group management solutions to enable customers the ability to enhance security, reduce costs, and increase productivity

LIVERMORE, Calif., March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Imanami, a leader in Group Management Solutions, and Paranet Solutions, LLC, a leading global provider of Data Center, Network Infrastructure and Enterprise Services and Solutions, today announced the formation of a joint sales and marketing partnership. Paranet will now offer Imanami's directory and group management solutions to its arsenal of services and solutions to enable customers nationwide the ability to enhance security, reduce costs and increase productivity.

Companies looking for security solutions have been thinking of the obvious weapons to combat unauthorized email access, such as encryption, but have missed an important element: Group Management.

Accurate groups are essential to an enterprise. Without a way to automate group membership, an organization's security groups don't grant the correct access and distribution groups don't distribute mail to the correct users. With automated management, IT staff can improve security and productivity while reducing the amount of manual work required of their department.

According to a 2008 Osterman Research survey sponsored by Imanami, 42 percent of organizations report unauthorized access of information through Active Directory. With IT budgets tightened and increasing layoffs in this sluggish economy, the potential for unauthorized access via outdated Active Directory can be critical if not managed properly.

Headquartered in Dallas, Paranet Solutions provides customers fully connected business-driven IT operating environments that are efficient, secure and reliable. A trusted advisor to Fortune 1000 and mid-market companies across North America, Paranet offers expertise in server optimization, security, virtualization, IT architecture and service oriented architecture.

Paranet's customers have been clamoring for a new weapon to combat identity management abuses. As experts in the security software field, Paranet recognized group management solutions as one of the best kept secrets to solve security issues around identity management. The partnership enables Paranet to incorporate Imanami's technology into its total services and solutions offering. Additionally, the agreement will expand Imanami's presence to new security markets.

"Customers rely on us to provide solutions for a variety of security issues," said Thomas Kearns, Principal, Risk Management and Security Services, Paranet. "Recently we've seen a need for another layer of protection around group management. Through our partnership with Imanami we can give our customers the tools to prevent unauthorized access via outdated email groups."

"When you think of managing Active Directory groups, you probably don't think security," said Robert Haaverson, CEO of Imanami. "But as IT resources are stretched thin, having an outdated group can leave a big security hole that's open for exploitation. Imanami's automated group management software, combined with Paranet's security expertise, will ensure one of the most basic steps in identity management--correct group placement."

About Paranet, LLC

Paranet Solutions, LLC, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, is a leading global provider of business and IT consulting services, specializing in Data Center, Network Infrastructure and Enterprise services and solutions. Serving the information technology needs of Fortune 1000 and Mid-market companies since 1991, we enable our clients to create business value for their organizations, customers and suppliers through our world-class IT solutions and services. Applying extensive experience and proven expertise, along with its proprietary Compass methodology, Paranet Solutions creates fully connected business-driven IT operating environments that are efficient, secure and reliable. Paranet is based in Dallas, Texas with offices in the United States, Europe and South America. To learn more about Paranet Solutions visit www.paranet.com.

About Imanami

Imanami(R) is a Microsoft(R) Gold Partner that specializes in group lifecycle management for Active Directory in Microsoft environments. Imanami's software solutions significantly enhance the functionality of Exchange and Active Directory implementations. Based in Livermore, California, Imanami is a private company with customers in industries such as education, financial services, government, healthcare, retail and telecom. For more information about Imanami, please visit www.imanami.com or call 1-800-684-8515, Option 1.

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