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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: 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: 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: Forefront TMG Feature Deepdive – ISP Redundancy

    Hi Forefront community, My team members on the Forefront Threat Management Gateway project recently posted a great note on how ISP redundancy works in Forefront TMG . For those that don’t know, ISP redundancy is an important feature if you are deploying Forefront TMG as the edge of your network to filter...
  • 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: 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: Schedule Update for Forefront “Stirling”

    Microsoft is providing an update on release timing for Forefront code name “Stirling,” an integrated security suite that combines the next-generation Forefront solutions for endpoint, messaging & collaboration, and network protection with a central management console. We will begin the release...
  • 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: Forefront Threat Management Gateway Beta 3 – Ready for Download!

    Forefront Threat Management Gateway Beta 3 – the last planned beta – is now available to the public for download and evaluation. This marks a big step towards providing a complete Web security solution with the first public preview of our URL filtering capabilities. I want to pose a few questions and...
  • 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: Award-winning solutions

    Today Info Security Products Guide , a leading publication on security-related products and technologies, announced the winners of the 2009 Global Excellence Awards . Three Microsoft solutions took first place in the following award categories: Category: Document Protection. Winner: Microsoft Forefront...
  • 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: Forefront TMG Service Pack 2 Now Available

    We are happy to announce the availability of Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010 Service Pack 2 (SP2). The service pack is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center . Here are some of the improvements we are introducing in Forefront TMG SP2: Site activity report –...
  • 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: Direct Access and UAG video - Deep dive with a Program Manager

    Ben Bernstein and Stephen Bowie tell us what the value is for Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) with Direct Access (DA). After this, we do a whiteboard of UAG + DA architecture, including explaining how it works with multiple UAG servers. Here's how the rest of the interview breaks down: How...
  • Blog Post: Forefront "Stirling" beta 2

    Last week, as part of introducing the Business Ready Security strategy , we publicly released beta 2 of Forefront codename "Stirling." . “Stirling” is an integrated security suite that delivers comprehensive protection across endpoint, application servers, and the edge. It also integrates with existing...
  • Blog Post: Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2006 SP1 – Common Criteria EAL4+

    I’m Bill Jensen, Senior Product Manager for ISA Server and the upcoming Forefront Threat Management Gateway . For those that do not know, ISA Server is Microsoft’s award-winning edge security solution that enables you to protect your perimeter from attack while allowing remote employees to securely access...
  • 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: Forefront Anti-Spam Resource Center

    More than 97% of all email is spam! And it is more than annoying…it also creates the ideal environment for malware attacks and phishing attempts. In response, we have recently launched the Forefront Anti-Spam Resource Center . Visit the site and add it to your favorites to stay up to date on Microsoft...
  • 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...