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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 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: 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...
  • 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: 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,...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: 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...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: FIM Webcasts!

    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...
  • Blog Post: 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...