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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: Forefront solutions in the new Windows Essential Servers

    You may have heard about last week's launch of Windows Essential Business Server 2008 and Small Business Server 2008 . SBS and EBS are integrated IT solutions that are priced and designed specifically for the needs of small and midsized companies. In sum, they help smaller firms take advantage of enterprise...
  • 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: Forefront Stirling Screencast

    From TechNet Edge: Forefront Stirling screencast and interview Nic Sagez gives us a brief into to Stirling and then gives a screencast demo of a security compromise within an organization which has a Forefront Stirling infrastructure. The breakdown of the scenario is as follows: User "Don" browses...
  • Blog Post: Four Forefront Products are Info Security Product Excellence Finalists

    The Finalists for Info Security 2008 Global Product Excellence and 2008 Outstanding Awards have been announced and Microsoft is very well represented – across our client, server, and edge security solutions. The Info Security Products Guide Awards recognize and honor excellence in all areas of information...
  • Blog Post: "Morro," OneCare and Forefront

    There's currently a good deal of buzz about yesterday's announcement of Microsoft's plans for a no-cost security offering . Code-named "Morro," the new solution will address the growing need for a PC security solution tailored to the demands of emerging markets. Related to this, the company will discontinue...
  • Blog Post: The Case for Forefront

    Today Enterprise Networking World posted a thorough overview of the Microsoft edge, client and server security solutions. A few excerpts: Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2006 and Microsoft Intelligent Application Gateway (IAG) 2007 provide enhanced network edge protection...
  • Blog Post: Announcing IAG Service Pack 2

    I’m Uri Lichtenfeld, product manager for the Intelligent Application Gateway and today I’m very excited to announce the upcoming release of IAG Service Pack 2! This news is one of the announcements being made in Barcelona this week at the Microsoft TechEd: IT Pro conference. As you may know, IAG...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft placed in Visionaries Quadrant of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for SSL VPN, North America, 3Q07

    Microsoft has placed in the Visionaries Quadrant of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for SSL VPN, North America, 3Q07 Report (SSL VPN stands for secure socket layer virtual private network). Gartner finds that “The consolidation of vendors and competition in endpoint security and usability continue to improve...
  • 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: Microsoft announces its next-generation secure remote access solution, the Forefront Unified Access Gateway

    LAS VEGAS, Nevada. - April 29, 2008 -- At the Interop conference today, Microsoft announced its next-generation secure remote access gateway product, Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG), available in the first half of 2009. Forefront Unified Access Gateway is the evolution of Microsoft's current solution...
  • Blog Post: IAG Service Pack 2 released!

    Intelligent Application Gateway Service Pack 2 is now available for download . An evaluation virtual machine is available , too. IAG product manager Uri Lichtenfeld provides an overview of SP2 in part 2 of his video interview with TechNet Edge, below. Part 1 - which discusses IAG, in general - is here...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: TMG promotion...and video

    Hi all, Bill Jensen, Senior Product Manager for Forefront TMG, here again. There’s more great news beyond just the release of Forefront TMG Beta 2 . Customers who purchase a license for Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2006 Enterprise Edition along with Software Assurance will receive...
  • Blog Post: Independent research firm recognizes Microsoft NAP as a leader in Network Access Control

    Microsoft’s Network Access Protection (NAP) solution was cited as a leader (the top category) in a recent independent report, “The Forrester Wave: Network Access Control, Q3 2008.” Microsoft was one of the many network access control (NAC) vendors invited to participate in the report. Forrester placed...
  • Blog Post: Forefront Unified Access Gateway beta 2

    I’m very pleased to announce that today Forefront Unified Access Gateway Beta 2 is available for download from www.microsoft.com/uag . This beta release marks an important milestone in Microsoft’s remote access strategy as it brings together a host of access technologies into one environment. Chances...
  • 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 Client Security wins VB100 award for Windows Server 2008 anti-malware

    Good news: Virus Bulletin magazine has awarded Forefront Client Security another “VB100” award, this time for its anti-malware performance on the Windows Server 2008 platform. Virus Bulletin regularly does (very) intensive testing and evaluation of security products. The publication’s testing team put...
  • Blog Post: InfoWorld rates the Intelligent Application Gateway (IAG) 2007 “Excellent”

    Nice review at InfoWorld of our IAG SSL VPN appliance . Here’s the summary: 10/29/07 Microsoft Internet Application Gateway 2007 8.7 Excellent Microsoft's IAG 2007 is a full-featured SSL VPN solution available only as part of an OEM/appliance bundle. IAG sits on top...