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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: 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: Happy Birthday Windows Networking!

    That's it! It's my turn to throw my hat into the Forefront Team Blog ring! Okay...I'm not 100% what that means. Moving on. My name is Ian Hameroff , and I'm one of the many bloggers you'll see up here on the Forefront blog-o-rama. If that's not a stellar enough intro, check out...
  • 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: 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: 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: Forefront Protection for Exchange white papers galore

    We've published the following white papers for deploying and managing the new Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange . Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server Antispam Framework This white paper discusses the new e-mail hygiene protection features available in the Forefront Protection...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Webcasts on secure collaboration & messaging

    Register here for webcasts on using Forefront and Windows solutions to better secure collaboration and messaging applications. May 5, 1-2:30 PM PST Secure Collaboration using AD RMS, MOSS and AD FS Learn all about the different Trust Relationships provided by Active Directory Rights Management...
  • Blog Post: Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server RC

    If you're not already aware...the Release Candidate of Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server (the next, newly named version of Forefront Security for Exchange) is available for download and evaluation now ! Part of the Forefront Protection Suite - the next generation of the Forefront Security...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...