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  • 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: 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: "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: 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 Security for Office Communications Server (FSOCS) Beta 3 is released!

    Microsoft Forefront Security for Office Communications Server (FSOCS) Beta 3 Now Available! FSOCS provides fast and effective protection against IM-based malware for OCS 2007 and OCS 2007 R2 environments by including multiple scanning engines from industry-leading security partners. FSOCS also helps...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Forefront Security for Office Communications Server (FSOCS) RTM Now Available!

    FSOCS provides fast and effective protection against IM-based malware for OCS 2007 and OCS 2007 R2 environments by including multiple scanning engines from industry-leading security partners. FSOCS also helps reduce corporate liability by blocking instant messages containing inappropriate content. ...
  • Blog Post: Analyst: The market impact of security/identity integration

    Analyst Jon Oltsik of the Enterprise Strategy Group writes a column for Network World called "Networking Nuggets and Security Snippets." Last week he penned an interesting piece titled "The market impact of security/identity integration." In the article Oltsik describes how governance, compliance...
  • Blog Post: The multi-engine advantage...and updates

    Today we posted a white paper about the Microsoft antimalware engine strategy and changes beginning December 1, 2009. A summary is below - read the full document for a complete overview. Forefront server security products - such as Forefront Secrurity for Exchange , Forefront Security for Sharepoint...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: SIR volume 6

    Yesterday Microsoft published volume 6 of its Security Intelligence Report . For those not familiar with the SIR - it provides in-depth perspective on the changing threat landscape, as well as countermeasures, based on data from hundreds of millions of Windows users and some of the busiest online services...
  • Blog Post: Trial and win!

    Check out the Forefront Trial Download Sweepstakes : "Don’t miss the chance to win one of three $10,000 Grand Prize server systems for your home, a D-Link DNS-232 2-Bay Network Storage Enclosure, or a $50 Best Buy gift card instantly! Now, through June 30, 2009, every time you download a different...
  • Blog Post: Steve Ballmer on The New Efficiency

    Making business decisions regarding IT investment is tougher than ever. To help, today Microsoft hosted a special VIP Business Leadership Roundtable event. CEO Steve Ballmer and moderator Robert Youngjohns, President of the Microsoft US Subsidiary, discussed major trends in the new role of technology...
  • Blog Post: At the RSA Conference? Don't miss these presentations

    If you are in San Francisco at the RSA Conference, be sure to visit the Microsoft booth (#1517) for these 20 minute theatre presentations: Wednesday: Better Together: Exchange Server 2010 and the MS Forefront Secure Messaging solution: 12:40 pm Securely Collaborate with Partners and Employees...
  • Blog Post: The analysts weigh in

    As part of last week's introduction of our Business Ready Security strategy , we posted several videos of industry analysts John Olstik of the Enterprise Strategy Group and Scott Crawford of Enterprise Management Associates discussing security issues. One is below, but visit this page to view the rest...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Essentials (formerly 'Morro') and Forefront

    Today, Microsoft released a public beta of its new, free consumer anti-malware product codenamed “ Morro ”, which now has an official product name: Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) . This new solution will address the growing need for a PC security solution tailored to the demands of emerging markets...
  • Blog Post: TMG promotion...and video

    Hi all, Bill Jensen, Senior Product Manager for Forefront TMG, here again. There’s more great news beyond just the release of Forefront TMG Beta 2 . Customers who purchase a license for Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2006 Enterprise Edition along with Software Assurance will receive...
  • Blog Post: Action by Dec 1 - keep your protection current!

    A reminder from the Forefront Server Security blog . As we announced on July 1, 2009 , Microsoft is revising its engine mix on Dec. 1, 2009 for the Forefront and Antigen products. This change will allow customers to utilize a set of engines that help optimize detection, while also allowing us to invest...
  • Blog Post: The Microsoft Identity and Security Strategy

    Tomorrow the identity and security team at Microsoft will unveil new information about its strategy to help customers better manage risk, protect their environments and better realize their business goals. This new approach, and the related product and partner news, builds on last July's creation of...
  • Blog Post: Forefront Virtual Event and Deployment Webcasts

    There are some great opportunities coming up this month to learn about Forefront solutions. TechNet Simulcast: Forefront Virtual Event https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032454002&Culture=en-US Register for the Forefront Virtual event on June 23 rd and 24 th...
  • Blog Post: Business Ready Security

    Today the Identity and Security Division at Microsoft introduced what we call our Business Ready Security strategy . This is a fundamentally new approach to enterprise security, centered on the recognition that security solutions should help companies achieve their business goals while managing risk...
  • Blog Post: Using Multiple Engines for Fast, Effective Protection of IM Environments

    From the Forefront Server Security blog : Forefront Security for Office Communications Server integrates multiple antimalware engines from Microsoft and industry-leading partners to provide comprehensive protection against the latest threats. People often ask us what the big deal is about using...
  • Blog Post: Securing Employee Web Use with Forefront Threat Management Gateway

    Hi all – Bill Jensen here, senior product manager for Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG.) TMG Beta 2 is now available for download . For those that do not know, Forefront TMG is the successor to the Internet Security and Acceleration Server, more popularly known as ISA Server . As we all...
  • Blog Post: Follow Forefront on Twitter

    If you are a Twitter fan, be sure to follow us at http://twitter.com/MS_Forefront ! Our own John "JG" Chirapurath, senior director in the MSFT Identity and Security Business Group, is leading the Forefront Tweet charge in his typically pithy way. Come join the conversation about all things identity and...