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Business Ready Security news at WPC
This week in New Orleans Microsoft is hosting its annual Worldwide Partner Conference. We made several announcements today at the conference about our identity and security solutions. This news is part of our Business Ready Security strategy to help both partners and customers 1) protect everywhere and...
13 Jul 2009
The 5 Steps to More Secure Collaboration
Today we released Forefront Protection 2010 for SharePoint and Active Directory Federation Services 2.0 , which makes it a good time to talk about secure business collaboration. It is clear that collaboration drives the modern enterprise. Sharing documents and applications within the company, from...
5 May 2010
Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server launches
Today at the TechEd Europe conference, in conjunction with the launch of Exchange Server 2010, Microsoft launched Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server. The product and evaluation software is available now. Part of our Business Ready Security strategy, Forefront Protection for Exchange (FPE...
9 Nov 2009
Video: FPE vs FOPE and Exchange 2010 – Secure messaging with Forefront
Over on TechNet Edge Mike Chan, product manager for the Forefront team, breaks down the differences between security protection for Forefront Protection for Exchange (FPE), Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE), and the built-in protection which exists in Exchange 2010. We start out with a...
8 Sep 2009
New release of Forefront Online Protection for Exchange
This week we released an update to Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE) - our hosted service providing anti-malware and anti-spam for both on-premises Exchange and Exchange Online. FOPE can be used as an alternative to the new Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server , or in tandem with...
20 Nov 2009
Forefront Online Security for Exchange
One of the news items we announced with the April 16 introduction of the Business Ready Security strategy was the update/renaming of Exchange Hosted Filtering. The service is now called Forefront Online Security for Exchange (FOSE.) It is the first Forefront Online service, providing protection of inbound...
29 Apr 2009
CionSystems AD backup & recovery
Active Directory is a critical technology for thousands and thousands of organizations, holding literally billions of identities around the world. Solutions to ensure AD is backed up and - should there be a breakdown - recoverable are essential to any business continuity strategy. To that end, CionSystems...
19 Mar 2010
Windows IT Pro mag on TMG: "A winner."
Windows IT Pro magazine's Russell Smith posted a positive, in-depth overview of Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 , called "Quickly Respond to Threats with Forefront TMG." The article's intro: Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010 offers a dynamic response to security...
29 Jan 2010
Available now: Windows Identity Foundation for building more secure, simplified access to cloud applications
Today at our Professional Developers Conference Microsoft announced the availability of Windows Identity Foundation (WIF), a new extension to the .NET Framework that makes it easier for developers to create more secure applications with interoperable, identity-based access. The software and documentation...
17 Nov 2009
"Twitterview" with Dark Reading tomorrow, May 6, 2:30 pm EST
Tomorrow at 2:30 pm Eastern time, tune in via Twitter to see Kelly Higgins of Dark Reading interview JG Chirapuarth, senior director of the Microsoft Identity and Security Business Group. You can follow the discussion at either the Dark Reading or Forefront Twitter Account .
5 May 2010
Hi all – Doug Leland here, general manager of the Identity and Security Business Group. Today at the Microsoft Management Summit vice president Bob Kelly spoke about cloud computing. He outlined Microsoft’s investments and provided guidance to help customers understand their options as they incorporate...
28 Apr 2009
Webcasts on secure collaboration & messaging
Register here for webcasts on using Forefront and Windows solutions to better secure collaboration and messaging applications. May 5, 1-2:30 PM PST Secure Collaboration using AD RMS, MOSS and AD FS Learn all about the different Trust Relationships provided by Active Directory Rights Management...
30 Apr 2009
Microsoft code-name “Geneva” Beta 2 Now Available
Today Microsoft released beta 2 of “ Geneva ,” our open platform that dramatically simplifies user access and secure collaboration across organizational boundaries. “Geneva” is part of our Business Ready Security strategy . It supports the strategy’s tenets of “integrating and extending security...
12 May 2009
ID and Security in the Cloud
Many companies and IT leaders are eager to realize the benefits of cloud computing, but security is often a concern. For example, a recent study by Maritz Research found that 59% of IT leaders in the US rated security as the biggest risk with cloud. As part of our Business Ready Security strategy...
24 Jul 2009
Dark Reading, customers and analysts on TMG
Leading security news site Dark Reading reports on the release of Forefront Threat Management Gateway - including some insightful quotes: Analyst Rob Enderle: "By focusing on the employee, Microsoft is beginning to address what I believe are some of the most vulnerable parts of the current enterprise...
7 Dec 2009
FIM customers speak out at the RSA Conference
Security blog Security Squared just posted an in-depth piece about how First American Title is using FIM for identity management of 13,000+ employees. The author met with First American's Cameron Cosgrove and Scott Weir yesterday, here at the RSA Conference in San Francisco. Here's the full text....
3 Mar 2010
Update on Forefront security management
As enterprise IT evolves, Microsoft continues to evolve its Forefront security management strategy. In order to best help customers simplify the security experience and manage compliance, we are aligning security management with systems and application management. As part of this strategy, Forefront...
20 Apr 2010
End to End Trust and Business Ready Security
I’m Doug Leland, general manager of the Identity and Security Business Group here at Microsoft. On Thursday we unveiled our new strategy for enterprise security, called Business Ready Security , a fundamentally new approach to help companies achieve their business goals while managing risk and empowering...
20 Apr 2009
Register for 'Is There a Cloud in Your Future?' Webcast
On Tuesday, April 28 at 11:00am PDT, Microsoft will continue its webcast series on 'How to Invest in the IT Infrastructure You Have While Preparing for Tomorrow' with Part 2 : "Is There a Cloud in Your Future?" Register here Join Zane Adam, Microsoft Senior Director of System Center and Virtualization...
18 Apr 2009
Business Ready Security webcasts
Register here for a new series of webcasts on the entire lineup of Forefront products supporting the Business Ready Security strategy . Starting tomorrow, webcast topics will include: Forefront Identity Manager, the Forefront "Stirling" security suite and component solutions, Forefront Security for Office...
20 May 2009
Gemalto supports FIM with strong authentication
At RSA Gemalto announced that its Protiva Strong Authentication Server is now fully integrated with Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager 2010. Thanks to this combined solution, organizations can provision, deploy and manage smart card-based one-time password devices linked to Gemalto strong authentication...
3 Mar 2010
We're listening: Sending support requests from FOPE
With the new 10.1 version of Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE) customers can submit technical support requests directly from the FOPE Admin Center site. Support requests are typically responded to in less than 24 hours, depending on severity level. For details, see the New Features Guide...
2 Feb 2010
One step closer to convergence: Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 Release Candidate now available
Today in Berlin at TechEd Europe Microsoft vice president Brad Anderson announced that the Release Candidate of Forefront Endpoint Protection (FEP) 2010 is now available for download and we are on track to release to manufacturing by the end of 2010! Built on System Center Configuration Manager R2 and...
8 Nov 2010
Microsoft wins awards at the European Identity Conference 2010
From the Microsoft identity blog: In the category “Best Innovation”, the European Identity Award went to Microsoft for U-Prove . The U-Prove technology, which enables minimal disclosure of identity-related information is considered to be a pioneering effort in enhancing online privacy and security...
11 May 2010
Video: School District uses "Geneva" to simplify access
As demonstrated at RSA (and reported on CNET ) the Lake Washington School District-- comprised of 50 schools and nearly 24,000 students -- is doing a pilot deployment of "Geneva" to provide students with easier access to education materials and info. Watch this video to get the whole story. (And get...
16 May 2009
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