Last week, as part of introducing the Business Ready Security strategy, we publicly released beta 2 of Forefront codename "Stirling.".
“Stirling” is an integrated security suite that delivers comprehensive protection across endpoint, application servers, and the edge. It also integrates with existing infrastructure software, such as Active Directory, System Center, and Network Access Protection, for better protection and reduced complexity.
Go here to download and evaluate with trial software or pre-configured virtual machines. Below is a video demo worth watching, too. Stay tuned for more info on "Stirling," such as the Security Assessment Sharing capabilities that enable interoperability with partner solutions.
We've just had a reorganization in Microsoft's Server & Tools Business (STB) that combines the engineering and marketing of the Identity team with the Security products team to form the new Identity & Security Division. We've got a lot of cool products under our new umbrella, including:
Microsoft is combining the two groups because of the increasing overlap and dependencies of identity and security in a changing IT environment where establishing and security identity is crucial to securing appropriate access, protecting information, and securing vital resources.
Doug Leland will become the General Manager of the new Identity & Security Division business and marketing group. Ryan Hamlin, General Manager heads the overall product development efforts. The division includes the Forefront portfolio of products, Identity Lifecycle Manager, Rights Management Services, Active Directory, Federated Identity and Windows CardSpace. These changes take effect on July 1, 2008.
More to come in the future...
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.
Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager User Cuts Costs, Improves Compliance, Lays Convergence Foundation
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" malware samples and not have any false positives on the Virus Bulletin clean file collection.
Details on the Forefront results are here (free registration required.)
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 – and very significant – step in making the convergence of desktop security and management a reality. Customers using System Center Configuration Manager 2007 can now quickly and efficiently deploy, configure, manage, update, and report on FEP protections, helping to lower infrastructure costs and improve overall security. And since both products are included in the Enterprise CAL (ECAL), customers who purchase ECAL automatically get access to all the licenses they need to implement the solution. To make deployment easier, FEP will even identify and replace the existing antimalware agents you may have previously installed.
Customers have already begun seeing the advantages of bringing together powerful antimalware protection with their existing infrastructure for deploying, patching, and updating client systems. A large university medical center that participated in our Technology Adoption Program (TAP) said the following about their experience using FEP in their 50,000 desktop environment:
“We’re primarily a paperless organization. We need 100% uptime so that medical records, prescriptions, and all other documentation is available to our healthcare professionals. The single console for Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 [and System Center Configuration Manager 2007] gives me a view of our whole system and ensures that we can handle threats before they become an issue.”
There are a ton of new features to explore in this new release including award-winning antimalware protection (FEP uses same engine as Microsoft Security Essentials), vulnerability shielding, Windows firewall management, and, of course, integration with System Center Configuration Manager 2007. You can find more product details on our Web site or TechCenter. And for more information about convergence, please visit our new Windows Optimized Desktop page.
We hope that you will give FEP a test drive soon!