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  • 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: Check out the New Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform Website!

    We’re pleased to announce the launch of the new Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform website ( http://www.microsoft.com/server-cloud ). The new site is a comprehensive source for information relating to our private cloud and virtualization solutions, as well as other solutions based on Windows...
  • 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: 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: Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 Update Rollup 1

    An Update Rollup for Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 is now available here: Get Update . In addition to hotfixes, this Update also includes some important changes to note: Support for Windows Embedded 7 platforms : With this update, the FEP client software is supported on certain Windows...
  • 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: Announcing Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010!

    We are extremely excited to announce that Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 (FEP) has released to manufacturing! Customers can access the RTM release on the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) starting Jan. 1, 2011 -- or try the evaluation version immediately. This is our first –...
  • 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: One step closer to convergence: Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 Release Candidate now available

    Today in Berlin at TechEd Europe Microsoft vice president Brad Anderson announced that the Release Candidate of Forefront Endpoint Protection (FEP) 2010 is now available for download and we are on track to release to manufacturing by the end of 2010! Built on System Center Configuration Manager R2 and...
  • 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: Required update for all AD RMS customers

    Important information for Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS) customers! Today Microsoft is releasing an update to AD RMS to completely remove the “application manifest expiry” feature. This update is particularly important for AD RMS customers using Internet Explorer, because...
  • Blog Post: At the RSA Conference? Don't miss these presentations

    If you are in San Francisco at the RSA Conference, be sure to visit the Microsoft booth (#1517) for these 20 minute theatre presentations: Wednesday: Better Together: Exchange Server 2010 and the MS Forefront Secure Messaging solution: 12:40 pm Securely Collaborate with Partners and Employees...
  • 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: 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: Forrester Consulting survey reveals enterprises are under-investing in the protection of trade secrets

    Microsoft and RSA, the Security Division of EMC, recently commissioned a Forrester Consulting survey of enterprise security managers about information protection. The results are available in a white paper called "The Value of Corporate Secrets," available here on Microsoft.com (see Technical Resources...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Forefront Virtual Event and Deployment Webcasts

    There are some great opportunities coming up this month to learn about Forefront solutions. TechNet Simulcast: Forefront Virtual Event https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032454002&Culture=en-US Register for the Forefront Virtual event on June 23 rd and 24 th...
  • Blog Post: Passlogix builds on FIM for single sign on

    More FIM partner news. At the RSA conference this week Passlogix announced the integration of its v-GO® Single Sign-On ™ and related components of its v-GO Access Accelerator Suite with the new Forefront Identity Manager 2010. From the press release: The integration will enable organizations that...
  • Blog Post: Follow Forefront on Twitter

    If you are a Twitter fan, be sure to follow us at http://twitter.com/MS_Forefront ! Our own John "JG" Chirapurath, senior director in the MSFT Identity and Security Business Group, is leading the Forefront Tweet charge in his typically pithy way. Come join the conversation about all things identity and...
  • Blog Post: Available right now: Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 Service Pack 1

    Released last December, TMG is the next generation of Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2006. It is a secure web gateway that allows employees to safely and productively use the Internet without worrying about malware and other threats. TMG provides multiple layers of continuously updated...
  • Blog Post: MSFT Identity and Access news: Forefront Identity Manager RC1 and ADFS 2.0 SAML interoperability

    The RC1 release of Forefront Identity Manager 2010 (FIM) is available today here . The next version of Identity Lifecycle Manager 2007, FIM 2010 dramatically improves enterprise identity management by delivering powerful self-service capabilities for Office end-users, rich administrative tools and enhanced...