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We’re gaining our Identity at Forefront: introducing the Identity & Security Division

We’re gaining our Identity at Forefront: introducing the Identity & Security Division

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We've just had a reorganization in  Microsoft's Server & Tools Business (STB) that combines the engineering and marketing of the Identity team with the Security products team to form the new Identity & Security Division.  We've got a lot of cool products under our new umbrella, including:

  • Identity: Identity Lifecycle Manager (beta), Active Directory, Rights Management Services (RMS), Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS), Windows Cardspace
  • Security: Forefront Client Security, Forefront Security for Exchange Server, Forefront Security for SharePoint, Forefront Security for Office Communications Server (beta), Forefront Server Security Management Console, Internet Security & Acceleration Server, Intelligent Application Gateway, Forefront Codenamed "Stirling" (beta)

Microsoft is combining the two groups because of the increasing overlap and dependencies of identity and security in a changing IT environment where establishing and security identity is crucial to securing appropriate access, protecting information, and securing vital resources.  

Doug Leland will become the General Manager of the new Identity & Security Division business and marketing group.  Ryan Hamlin,  General Manager heads the overall product development efforts.  The division includes the Forefront portfolio of products, Identity Lifecycle Manager, Rights Management Services, Active Directory, Federated Identity and Windows CardSpace. These changes take effect on July 1, 2008.

More to come in the future...

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