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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: A Closer Look into Forefront Client Security Service Pack 1 - available now

    Today we are releasing Microsoft Forefront Client Security Service Pack 1 (SP1), which supports: · Agent protection on Windows Server 2008 – Server and Core · Server role support and protection for Windows Server 2008 (except Core, which is Client only) · Agent protection and server roles on...
  • 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: 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: "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 Online Security for Exchange

    One of the news items we announced with the April 16 introduction of the Business Ready Security strategy was the update/renaming of Exchange Hosted Filtering. The service is now called Forefront Online Security for Exchange (FOSE.) It is the first Forefront Online service, providing protection of inbound...
  • 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: 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: "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: Cloud Security

    Hi all – Doug Leland here, general manager of the Identity and Security Business Group. Today at the Microsoft Management Summit vice president Bob Kelly spoke about cloud computing. He outlined Microsoft’s investments and provided guidance to help customers understand their options as they incorporate...
  • 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: 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: Schedule Update for Forefront “Stirling”

    Microsoft is providing an update on release timing for Forefront code name “Stirling,” an integrated security suite that combines the next-generation Forefront solutions for endpoint, messaging & collaboration, and network protection with a central management console. We will begin the release...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: End to End Trust and Business Ready Security

    I’m Doug Leland, general manager of the Identity and Security Business Group here at Microsoft. On Thursday we unveiled our new strategy for enterprise security, called Business Ready Security , a fundamentally new approach to help companies achieve their business goals while managing risk and empowering...
  • 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...