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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
Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server launches
Today at the TechEd Europe conference, in conjunction with the launch of Exchange Server 2010, Microsoft launched Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server. The product and evaluation software is available now. Part of our Business Ready Security strategy, Forefront Protection for Exchange (FPE...
9 Nov 2009
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...
10 Sep 2009
Video: FPE vs FOPE and Exchange 2010 – Secure messaging with Forefront
Over on TechNet Edge Mike Chan, product manager for the Forefront team, breaks down the differences between security protection for Forefront Protection for Exchange (FPE), Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE), and the built-in protection which exists in Exchange 2010. We start out with a...
8 Sep 2009
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
Forefront Protection for Exchange white papers galore
We've published the following white papers for deploying and managing the new Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange . Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server Antispam Framework This white paper discusses the new e-mail hygiene protection features available in the Forefront Protection...
11 Dec 2009
New release of Forefront Online Protection for Exchange
This week we released an update to Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE) - our hosted service providing anti-malware and anti-spam for both on-premises Exchange and Exchange Online. FOPE can be used as an alternative to the new Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server , or in tandem with...
20 Nov 2009
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
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...
29 Jan 2010
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...
8 Oct 2009
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
Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server RC
If you're not already aware...the Release Candidate of Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server (the next, newly named version of Forefront Security for Exchange) is available for download and evaluation now ! Part of the Forefront Protection Suite - the next generation of the Forefront Security...
4 Sep 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
FIM customers speak out at the RSA Conference
Security blog Security Squared just posted an in-depth piece about how First American Title is using FIM for identity management of 13,000+ employees. The author met with First American's Cameron Cosgrove and Scott Weir yesterday, here at the RSA Conference in San Francisco. Here's the full text....
3 Mar 2010
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
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...
22 Jul 2009
Update on Forefront security management
As enterprise IT evolves, Microsoft continues to evolve its Forefront security management strategy. In order to best help customers simplify the security experience and manage compliance, we are aligning security management with systems and application management. As part of this strategy, Forefront...
20 Apr 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
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...
1 Jul 2009
Self-Service Online HR to Save MOD Millions of Pounds Over 10 Years with
The U.K. Ministry of Defence (MOD) is providing secure access to 10,000 “orphaned users” who work remotely and had no means of accessing internal administrative services. MOD worked with CapGemeni and is using Microsoft identity and security solutions, such as Identity Lifecycle Manager (next version...
23 May 2009
Forefront scores in VB100
Forefront Client Security (FCS) received its 10th consecutive VB100 award in the October 2009 Edition of Virus Bulletin . In order for a product to be awarded the VB100 award, it must detect 100% of the WildList malware samples and must not have any false positives (FP) on the Virus Bulletin clean file...
13 Oct 2009
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