Google made the announcement today about their acquisition of Postini for $625 million, a hosted enterprise communication security solution that enables companies to protect their users from things like viruses and phishing attacks. It also provides a robust archiving service that helps organizations stay in compliance with regulations.
Postini is the global leader in on-demand communications security, compliance, and productivity solutions for email, instant messaging, and the web. Postini’s award-winning services are designed to protect customers from viruses, spam, phishing, fraud, and other attacks; encrypt messages to ensure confidentiality and privacy; and archive communications to ensure compliance with regulations and to prepare for e-discovery.
Since the for-pay version of Google Apps was launched, Postini has been one of the third party services available as a paying subscriber. Now the company is a part of Google, it wouldn’t surprise me if pieces of the Postini solution find their way into the free edition of Google Apps in the future.