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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
Microsoft acquires AVIcode Inc. to extend application management to the cloud
Today, Microsoft announced the acquisition of AVICode, Inc., a market leader in application performance monitoring and diagnostics of .NET applications and services. AVIcode will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Microsoft and the technology acquired will be rolled into the System Center family of...
7 Oct 2010
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
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
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
Oxford Computer Group and BHOLD team up with FIM
The Microsoft partner ecosystem continues to rally around Forefront Identity Manager (FIM) and Microsoft identity and access management solutions . For example, Microsoft gold partner Oxford Computer Group and BHOLD Company, which provides software solutions for authorization management and control,...
15 Mar 2010
Microsoft to acquire Sentillion for improved healthcare through streamlined identity and access
Today Microsoft's Health Solutions Group announced the acquisition of Sentillion , a company based in Andover, MA which provides healthcare industry solutions for context management, user provisioning and single sign-on (SSO). The primary goal of the acquisition is to make it easier for healthcare...
10 Dec 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
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
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...
28 May 2009
Developers: Try out the Windows Identity Foundation Release Candidate
Windows Identity Foundation (formerly called code name Genev a framework) is a new Microsoft .NET Framework technology that gives developers a programming model and SDK to create new advanced identity capabilities in .NET applications. It provides developers pre-built .NET security logic for building...
6 Nov 2009
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...
29 Sep 2009
Softpedia interview with MSFT's Tony Trivison on RMS and data protection.
Tech site Softpedia posted a great Q&A with Tony Trivison on the MS RMS team about how Active Directory Rights Management Service s can help companies protect their sensitive data. Here's Softpedia's intro below, but read the whole piece for the real scoop. The beauty of Active Directory Rights...
25 Jan 2010
RSA Conference 2010: Identity at the Forefront
This week the RSA 2010 conference is happening in San Francisco and, as usual, Microsoft is an active participant at the event . Today Scott Charney, vice president of Trustworthy Computing, keynoted about Microsoft’s continued efforts to create a safer, more trusted Internet. He spoke about cloud security...
2 Mar 2010
Identity Lifecycle Manager wins GOLD in Information Security Awards
This month, Identity Lifecycle Manager 2007 beat out IBM and RSA for Information Security Magazine’s 5th annual Readers’ Choice Awards , taking first place for the Identity and Access Management category. Readers gave it solid marks across the board, particularly for ease of use, integration...
22 Sep 2010
Forefront Identity Manager RC1 at TEC 2009
Forefront Identity Manager Release Candidate 1 will be released on Sept 30 - moving closer to final release next year. In advance of the RC1 release, we will preview it this week at The Experts Conference (TEC) 2009 EMEA . TEC 2009 EMEA presents a great opportunity to showcase significant feature enhancements...
16 Sep 2009
The ID Element
If you haven't seen it yet, be sure to pay a visit to The ID Element - the one stop shop for all things identity on Channel 9 - where you will find all kinds of material on Identity and Access Control : weekly interviews with product team members, developer how-tos, news, aggregated resources and more...
31 Jul 2009
Don't miss these webcast opportunities to learn about Forefront Identity Manager 2010 . TechNet Webcast: Forefront Identity Manager 2010: Monitoring and Troubleshooting FIM in Production (Level 300) Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager (FIM) 2010 includes rich features...
10 Mar 2010
Omada extending the power of FIM
At RSA this week Omada (a Microsoft partner-of-the-year award winner) showcased its solutions to extend the power and value of Forefront Identity Manager 2010 , including modules for user re-certification, SharePoint governance, compliance reporting, role based access and business process. The company...
4 Mar 2010
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