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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: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...
  • 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: 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....
  • 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: 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: 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...
  • 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...