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More Secure Web Access and Protection with Forefront TMG
Today Microsoft is announcing the release of the Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010 product. Forefront TMG 2010 builds on its predecessor, ISA Server 2006, providing all new URL filtering, web antimalware inspection, and intrusion prevention technologies to help protect businesses against...
3 Dec 2009
Delighting end users with Forefront UAG and DirectAccess
At my first 1-on-1 this year with Lee Nackman, the Identity and Security Division's Corporate Vice President, he asked me how something could possibly work. While on vacation on the east coast Lee had changed his password to Microsoft's corporate network using Outlook Web Access from a family computer...
29 Jan 2010
Business reasons to protect SharePoint
Recently, our Forefront Protection 2010 for SharePoint (FPSP) product was released so I thought I’d take the opportunity to explain, in my own terms, the business value for the product. I also interviewed Noreen from the product team to get her take on the product as well as give us some demos of FPSP...
13 May 2010
International Speedway Corporation fuels messaging security with Forefront Online
International Speedway Corporation (ISC) promotes motorsports events, including NASCAR’s DAYTONA 500. The company operates 13 facilities, representing more than one million grandstand seats and 550 suites. Exceptional customer service for the more than 3.5 million people that attend their events...
31 Jul 2010
Forefront Year in Review
Many great things have happened this year with the Forefront team, so we’d like to have a quick recap in case you missed any of it. Overall, Forefront helps companies save money through improving security, increasing productivity, and reducing their costs. Below are the list of products which have...
9 Dec 2009
Scottish Manufacturer Cuts Spam From Its Diet With Forefront In The Cloud
We all know that spam is more than just an annoyance. It’s a productivity killer and a real security threat that exposes enterprise employees to phishing and online fraud. Symantec recently published some research around the top words used in spam, illustrated below. Microsoft does a tremendous amount...
24 Mar 2010
A more secure, trustworthy cloud
A s we all know, right now cloud computing holds center stage in the IT industry. Vendors, service providers, press, analysts and customers are all evaluating and discussing the opportunities presented by the cloud. A very important part of the discussion is security. While the benefits of cloud computing...
22 Jun 2010
InfoWorld gives Microsoft identity and access management solution a thumbs up
Earlier this month InfoWorld's longtime product reviewer Keith Schultz posted a favorable review of Forefront Identity Manager 2010 and Active Directory Federation Services 2.0 . Here's an excerpt: Managing user access in businesses today is something like playing traffic cop in an intersection of...
20 Jul 2010
Microsoft Security Intelligence Report v.8 insights and guidance available now
Today on the Microsoft Blog Vinny Gullotto, general manager of MS Malware Protection Center, announced the release of the Microsoft Security Intelligence (SIR) Report version 8. The SIR is a wide-ranging study of the evolving threat landscape, and addresses such topics as software vulnerability...
26 Apr 2010
Forefront helps Medical University of South Carolina save money and improve patient care
Hi all – I thought I would share another Forefront customer story. This one is tied to our recent posts on secure collaboration . Founded in 1824, Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is a leading health-sciences center with one of the top 10 cardiovascular centers in the United States. MUSC...
14 May 2010
Here Be Dragons - Enterprises Under Assault
Doesn't it seem like every week there is some article pointing out how serious the cyber-security problem is? One of the triggers for my previous posting on Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) was a survey claiming, if I recall correctly as I couldn't locate the link, about 22% of enterprises had suffered...
26 Feb 2010
Awhile back I spoke with George Podolak, the IT director at Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. They are one of the world’s best-known architectural firms, perhaps most recognized for the glass pyramid at the Louvre in Paris. But, like all companies, they also have to be a security company, especially when...
23 Apr 2010
Modernize your Web Security
If you're like most companies, you have a solution to block or log employee access to websites. You also might have some form of network intrusion detection system (NIS) to help prevent unwanted attacks. Additionally, your company probably only relies upon the client AV software to detect malware when...
19 Nov 2009
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 .
5 May 2010
Direct Access and UAG Better Together
Direct Access (DA) is a game-changing technology for remote access in your company; removing the need for a VPN all together. Within Microsoft, we've seen great productivity benefits to end users. We surveyed users from our DA pilot and over 87% saw instant productivity gains, overall resulting in net...
1 Oct 2009
Understanding Business Needs to Improve Communication and Collaboration
In Forefront, we meet customers and learn their businesses. We learn how they work and we understand their “pain points” to solve not just technology problems, but business problems. Sometimes, it is not just about ensuring security, it is about understanding the underlying needs and challenges of connectivity...
29 Sep 2009
Identity and Access Management
Every day most of us take for granted people’s ability to login, authenticate, and access the data they need. We start to take more notice when people can’t access their data, perhaps remotely over the internet, or there is a need for companies to share data. Under all of this is an assumed cost of managing...
2 Mar 2010
My View on IT and Business Efficiency
Let’s be honest: 2009 was a year like no other from a global, economic and change perspective. Capital markets have declined, spending is reduced and efficiency is paramount in every business. Information Technology (IT) departments in small, medium and large enterprise businesses are no different. Everyone...
16 Sep 2009
Identity: An Important First Step on the Road to Cloud Security
Hi All - No question about it: Cloud is THE big topic of discussion in IT circles these days. The opportunities, challenges and questions related to cloud are many. Microsoft recently held a cloud computing event at the University of Washington, where we clarified that Microsoft is "all in...
11 Mar 2010
Redmond Magazine: ADFS 2.0 Opens Doors to the Cloud
Jeffrey Schwartz of Redmond Magazine published an in-depth story discussing how the new Active Directory Federation Services 2.0 for Windows Server simplifies secure access to applications and services in the cloud. The article is a good read, providing perspective from a variety of companies ...
2 Jun 2010
Reduce Email SPAM, Bacon, and Cost$
Today we tend to take it for granted that somehow SPAM email is being blocked inside our company. You probably still get some SPAM messages but to an extent, your current solution seems to do its job. So, why do anything different? Here are some reasons why you might consider change and how Forefront...
31 Oct 2009
Why Microsoft Security Essentials is good for business
Enterprises invest a lot of time and money in protecting their organizations from Malware and other threats. No doubt you've installed Microsoft Forefront Client Security or another anti-malware product on all of your managed PCs. You probably also have deployed edge protection such as Microsoft Forefront...
19 Feb 2010
Forrester Consulting Survey Reveals Enterprises are Under-Investing in the Protection of Trade Secrets
Microsoft and RSA, the Security Division of EMC, recently commissioned a Forrester Consulting survey of enterprise security managers about information protection. The results are available in a white paper called "The Value of Corporate Secrets," available here on Microsoft.com - see Technical Resources...
5 Apr 2010
Welcome from David Cross: Who I Am and What I Do Around Here
I wanted to first introduce myself to the community as an upcoming contributor for the BIEB (Because Its Everyone's Business) blog. My name is David B. Cross and I am currently the Product Unit Manager for the ISA Server and Forefront TMG (Threat Management Gateway) engineering organization. For...
15 Sep 2009
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...
5 May 2010
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