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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 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: Forefront wins two Info Security Awards

    We are pleased to announce that two of our world-class Forefront security products were honored by Info Security Products Guide with 2008 Global Product Excellence Awards. Microsoft Forefront Security for Exchange Server 2007 was honored with the award for "Global Excellence in Email Security Solution...
  • 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: Bob Muglia on doing more with what you have

    Today Microsoft posted an article featuring Server and Tools president Bob Muglia discussing smart ways customers of all sizes can control IT costs in a tough economy. Excerpt: Microsoft recently released the results of a two-year study of the impact that datacenter best practices could have on...
  • 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: Announcing ISA Server 2006 Service Pack 1 New Features

    This summer, we will be releasing Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2006 Service Pack (SP) 1. This Service Pack introduces new features and improved functionality for ISA Server 2006 Enterprise and Standard Editions. The new features focus primarily on enhanced troubleshooting...
  • Blog Post: Forefront TMG Feature Deepdive – ISP Redundancy

    Hi Forefront community, My team members on the Forefront Threat Management Gateway project recently posted a great note on how ISP redundancy works in Forefront TMG . For those that don’t know, ISP redundancy is an important feature if you are deploying Forefront TMG as the edge of your network to filter...
  • 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: "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: Thanks for Making the ISA Server 2006 the Reader's Choice Award Winner

    The ISA Server 2006 has won the Reader’s Choice Award for best software-based Firewall, based on voting by IT pros. We’re especially proud to be nominated directly by our customers. WindowSecurity.com conducts monthly polls to discover which product is preferred by Network Security administrators in...
  • 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: 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: Forefront Threat Management Gateway Beta 3 – Ready for Download!

    Forefront Threat Management Gateway Beta 3 – the last planned beta – is now available to the public for download and evaluation. This marks a big step towards providing a complete Web security solution with the first public preview of our URL filtering capabilities. I want to pose a few questions and...
  • 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: New Citrix Branch Repeater Uses ISA Server

    Citrix has announced the availability of the new Citrix Branch Repeater , an "all-in-one" device for delivering applications to branch offices. The Citrix Branch Repeater was developed jointly with Microsoft, and uses Microsoft ISA Server 2006 Web caching to accelerate delivery of web content to the...
  • 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: Award-winning solutions

    Today Info Security Products Guide , a leading publication on security-related products and technologies, announced the winners of the 2009 Global Excellence Awards . Three Microsoft solutions took first place in the following award categories: Category: Document Protection. Winner: Microsoft Forefront...
  • 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: A Look at Threat Management Gateway

    Microsoft support engineer Yuri Diogenes really digs into the Threat Management Gateway (TMG) beta. TMG is the next version of ISA server that will be released with Stirling: There are many things that you will notice and see that it is different from ISA Server 2006. As far as installation is...
  • 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...