Microsoft has placed in the Visionaries Quadrant of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for SSL VPN, North America, 3Q07 Report (SSL VPN stands for secure socket layer virtual private network). Gartner finds that “The consolidation of vendors and competition in endpoint security and usability continue to improve the appeal of SSL VPNs.”
Launched in February 2007, Microsoft’s Intelligent Application Gateway 2007 (IAG) allows administrators to manage IPSec and SSL VPN connections through a single appliance from a shared Microsoft Active Directory repository.
To learn about how IAG is mentioned in this Magic Quadrant and read the full Gartner report visit: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/itanalyst/default.mspx
For more information on IAG 2007, visit www.microsoft.com/forefront/edgesecurity
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Ah, the holidays are upon us. And, as we all know, 'tis the season for piles of spam!
Or is it? Last year, we saw a very large run up of spam heading into December, but in the month of December itself I saw nothing out of the ordinary. Here is the breakdown for the week starting the below mentioned day and the week-over-week % increase:
02-Oct-2006 14.63% 09-Oct-2006 13.22% 16-Oct-2006 7.97% 23-Oct-2006 5.44% 30-Oct-2006 9.08% 06-Nov-2006 -0.22% 13-Nov-2006 2.21% 20-Nov-2006 -0.60% 27-Nov-2006 4.24% 04-Dec-2006 0.40% 11-Dec-2006 8.80% 18-Dec-2006 1.27% 25-Dec-2006 -22.18%
Note that while the total traffic went up in December (other than Christmas, where everyone clearly took the week off, including spammers), traffic was going up for each week before that. In other words, December was spammy, but so was October. Furthermore, the weeks in January and February (excluding the first week of the year), total email traffic was about the same as it was in November and December.
However, the two week period of Dec 11 - Dec 25 did contain the highest traffic totals, so perhaps there is some truth to the theory that there is a spam blitz in that period. Let's use the week of Nov 6-12, 2006 as a baseline:
06-Nov-06 1.000 13-Nov-06 1.022 20-Nov-06 1.016 27-Nov-06 1.059 04-Dec-06 1.063 11-Dec-06 1.157 18-Dec-06 1.172 25-Dec-06 0.912 01-Jan-07 0.890 08-Jan-07 1.048 15-Jan-07 1.114 22-Jan-07 1.054 29-Jan-07 1.161 05-Feb-07 1.044 12-Feb-07 1.046 19-Feb-07 1.112 26-Feb-07 1.038
If the December/spam theory were valid, we would expect to see a large spike in December and then see the numbers subside afterwards. In fact, we don't see that except in December 11-25. Afterwards, the numbers are wildly erratic, but Jan 26-Feb 1 is nearly as high as the supposedly high spam period. There's nothing particularly holiday-like about that period of time.
Thus, while I'm not about to call this a myth yet (I still have to check 2005), I don't think there's a lot of evidence at this point to say that December is truly an extra spammy season.
With the successful release of Forefront Client Security v1, it’s time to focus our efforts on the next release! The Forefront Technology Adoption Team (TAP) is excited to announce the launch of our new program. The next version of the Forefront Client Security product will be bigger and better than the previous version, and so will the TAP, but we can’t do it without your help.
This Microsoft Forefront Technology Adoption Program includes all products under the Forefront product line, not just the Forefront Client Security product. These products are:
· Forefront Codename “Stirling” – (To learn more about “Stirling”, check out the “Stirling” site.)
· Forefront Client Security (FCS)
· Forefront Security for Exchange Server (FSE)
· Forefront Security for SharePoint (FSSP)
· Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server (ISA) integration with “Stirling”
From an interview with, Margaret Arakawa, senior director of Security & Access Product Marketing at Microsoft:
We’ve seen significant demand from customers across the complete product portfolio, from client to server to network edge security. On the application server side, customer adoption is really accelerating with organizations worldwide. We’re now protecting more than 20 percent of Exchange on-premise mailboxes with Forefront Security for Exchange Server. On the collaboration server side, Microsoft has seen tremendous customer demand for our Microsoft Office SharePoint Server solution. As SharePoint becomes a mission-critical collaboration application where customers store confidential and sensitive materials, customers are realizing the importance of protecting it. The unique capabilities that Forefront Security for SharePoint delivers that have made it the market leading solution include multiple scanning engines, Rights Management Server (RMS) integration, advanced content filtering, and deep integration with Office SharePoint Server 2007.
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