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  • Blog Post: Forefront Client Security Health Management Pack for Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 SP1 Available

    The Forefront Client Security team writes: While you’ve always had the ability to use MOM 2005 to monitor things like IIS and SQL for your Client Security servers, this management pack gives you the additional ability to monitor some key FCS services: · Definition Import Failure · Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: New stats from our anti-malware team on Storm, other malware

    The blog of the Microsoft Anti-Malware Engineering team, which makes our fine Forefront Client Security anti-malware engine, reports on the recent wave of “Storm” malware: In August, Microsoft’s Malware Protection Center (MMPC), the group of researchers responsible for each month’s additions to...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 and Forefront Client Security Deliver a “Safer Together” Solution

    T he Forefront Client Security Service Pack 1 and Forefront Client Security / Windows Server 2008 Network Access Protection (FCS-NAP) integration kit release date is coming up soon. As part of the Windows Server 2008 Launch Event, the integrated solution was demonstrated in Los Angeles today. A...
  • Blog Post: Forefront solutions in the new Windows Essential Servers

    You may have heard about last week's launch of Windows Essential Business Server 2008 and Small Business Server 2008 . SBS and EBS are integrated IT solutions that are priced and designed specifically for the needs of small and midsized companies. In sum, they help smaller firms take advantage of enterprise...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live OneCare, Forefront Client Security, Forefront Security for Exchange Server, Oh My!

    Hi, my name is Mike Chan and I’m the product manager for Forefront Security for Exchange Server. I’ve been on the job for a couple of months now and after talking to many customers I’ve noticed that there is still some confusion in the marketplace regarding the naming and relationship between Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: A Closer Look into Forefront Client Security Service Pack 1 - available now

    Today we are releasing Microsoft Forefront Client Security Service Pack 1 (SP1), which supports: · Agent protection on Windows Server 2008 – Server and Core · Server role support and protection for Windows Server 2008 (except Core, which is Client only) · Agent protection and server roles on...
  • Blog Post: CERN replaces Symantec with Forefront

    CERN - the European Organization for Nuclear Research - recently announced in its computing newsletter that it is replacing Symantec with Forefront Client Security to protect PCs on its network. Why? From the newsletter: By the end of this year, all NICE PCs will have MS Forefront Client Security...
  • Blog Post: Converging Endpoint Security and Management: Say hello to Forefront Endpoint Protection

    Today the team delivered the anticipated Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 (FEP) public beta to customers. The successor of Forefront Client Security is built on System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 R2, allowing customers to use their existing client management infrastructure to deploy and...
  • Blog Post: Forefront Stirling Screencast

    From TechNet Edge: Forefront Stirling screencast and interview Nic Sagez gives us a brief into to Stirling and then gives a screencast demo of a security compromise within an organization which has a Forefront Stirling infrastructure. The breakdown of the scenario is as follows: User "Don" browses...
  • Blog Post: Four Forefront Products are Info Security Product Excellence Finalists

    The Finalists for Info Security 2008 Global Product Excellence and 2008 Outstanding Awards have been announced and Microsoft is very well represented – across our client, server, and edge security solutions. The Info Security Products Guide Awards recognize and honor excellence in all areas of information...
  • Blog Post: "Morro," OneCare and Forefront

    There's currently a good deal of buzz about yesterday's announcement of Microsoft's plans for a no-cost security offering . Code-named "Morro," the new solution will address the growing need for a PC security solution tailored to the demands of emerging markets. Related to this, the company will discontinue...
  • Blog Post: New spam outbreak: mp3 spam

    There is a new spam outbreak that hit today, spam in mp3's. The filenames of the spam varies, and includes some of the following: Emotional ties, for example: dadsong.mp3, oursong.mp3, weddingsong.mp3 Well-known artists and songs, for example: santana.mp3, sayyousayme.mp3, smashingpumpkins.mp3...
  • Blog Post: The Case for Forefront

    Today Enterprise Networking World posted a thorough overview of the Microsoft edge, client and server security solutions. A few excerpts: Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2006 and Microsoft Intelligent Application Gateway (IAG) 2007 provide enhanced network edge protection...
  • Blog Post: Bob Muglia on doing more with what you have

    Today Microsoft posted an article featuring Server and Tools president Bob Muglia discussing smart ways customers of all sizes can control IT costs in a tough economy. Excerpt: Microsoft recently released the results of a two-year study of the impact that datacenter best practices could have on...
  • Blog Post: Announcing IAG Service Pack 2

    I’m Uri Lichtenfeld, product manager for the Intelligent Application Gateway and today I’m very excited to announce the upcoming release of IAG Service Pack 2! This news is one of the announcements being made in Barcelona this week at the Microsoft TechEd: IT Pro conference. As you may know, IAG...
  • Blog Post: Spammer tricks of the trade

    A colleague alerted me to a spamming tool available on the web at the following web URL: http://verify-email.org It's a page that allows someone to enter in an email address and it will tell you whether or not that email address is live. In essence, this is the non-techy spammer way of checking...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Schedule and Strategy Update for Forefront Endpoint Protection

    Today we are announcing a schedule and strategy update for Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010, a component of the upcoming Forefront Protection Suite (previously codenamed “Stirling.”) We are delaying the release Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 - anti-malware for Windows desktops and servers...
  • Blog Post: "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 .
  • Blog Post: Cloud Security

    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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Forefront Client Security Update with Windows Firewall check

    The Forefront Client Security Team writes: Today we published another Security State Assessment (SSA) definition update on Microsoft Update! Included in this release is a new check that will provide visibility into end-user configuration of the Windows Firewall. When used with Group Policy,...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...