Well, so much happens in the fast-moving world of Security and Infrastructure that there are times when it is hard to keep up!  So expect a few blog posts over the next week or so.

First of all - just wanted to say what a good success I thought Infosec was.  It's always useful to take a break from the stand and have a walk around to see what else is going on in the hall.  And I have to say on a non-work related note, that the addition of girls walking around dressed as angels with wings and dancers being dropped from the ceiling is my idea of security. 

Anyway, it was good to see people on the stand, and we had some really good feedback that it was great that we had put technical people on the stand rather than sales people.  I guess that sometimes for us it is more about perception than generating sales.  And on that front, again we had some positive comments, about how some attendees thought we had finally turned the corner and were being taken more seriously in the industry for security.  That's really nice to hear.  And kudos to the guy who walked straight through our stand in his Firefox t-shirt and a Novell rucksack strapped to his back.  You should have stopped mate, we would genuinely have loved to talk to you ;-)

One of the things that was great for me was to see how far we have come with expanding our portfolio of security solutions.  If I look back to two years ago, it was really all about ISA Server; last year we had some new things such as the Giant Anti-Spyware solution but still no real full-blown AV for mail and so on.  This year it was great to see :

Antigen (for SMTP Gateways, Exchange, Sharepoint and Instant Messaging, and Advanced Spam Manager) - more information at http://www.microsoft.com/antigen/prodinfo/overview.mspx

Exchange Hosted Services (previously Frontbridge) if you want to have filtering, archiving, encryption and continuity hosted externally with just a change to your mail MX record.  More information at http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/services/services.mspx

ISA 2006 - more information at http://www.microsoft.com/isaserver/2006/default.mspx

Windows Defender

IE 7.0 (you can download a public beta here...  http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/downloads/default.mspx)

Windows Client Protection - http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/solutions/security/clientprotection/default.mspx

The new security features in Windows Vista (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/)

Most of the time I was on the client stand, so as was expected, most of the interest that I saw was based around Vista and the new security features it has.  Actually, most of the interest was actually based around the Bitlocker technology which will be included with Vista which encrypts the entire hard disk.  So if you're interested in catching up on what seems like it will be the most popular technology in Vista, you can get some great technical information here...  http://www.microsoft.com/technet/windowsvista/security/bittech.mspx

Bye for now...!