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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Increasing DirectAccess Deployability

    Andrew Garcia over at eWeek has written an excellent article describing his experience testing Microsoft Forefront UAG 2010's capabilities for assisting deployment of Microsoft Windows' DirectAccess. I thought I'd add a little color commentary to the deployment topic.. A little over a year before...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: Improving both Communication and Collaboration Through Direct Access

    When I talk to CIOs, CSOs or even IT professionals today, there is a consistent theme in every conversation: the ever increasing mobility of today's workforce. What are the implications to IT when it comes to mobility? It essentially breaks down to remote access from any device from anywhere or very...
  • Blog Post: Introduction to Hal Berenson

    Hi, my name is Hal Berenson. I'm a Distinguished Engineer in Microsoft's Identity and Security Division where I lead our central architecture team (a.k.a, "ICA Architecture"). I'm also the General Manager of the Anywhere Access Group, which creates and delivers our Forefront Unified Access Gateway and...