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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: VB100 for FCS and MSE

    Forefront Client Security received its 11th consecutive VB100 award for the December 2009 Edition of Virus Bulletin . Microsoft Security Essentials for consumers received its first VB100 award for its very first submission. In order to be awarded the VB100, a product must detect 100% of the "WildList...
  • 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: Microsoft Security Essentials (formerly 'Morro') and Forefront

    Today, Microsoft released a public beta of its new, free consumer anti-malware product codenamed “ Morro ”, which now has an official product name: Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) . This new solution will address the growing need for a PC security solution tailored to the demands of emerging markets...