RSA Conference 2008, Microsoft Corp. announced the availability of the public beta release of its next-generation Microsoft Forefront security solution, currently code-named “Stirling.” Microsoft Forefront “Stirling” is an integrated security system that is designed to deliver comprehensive, coordinated protection, making it easy to control, access and manage security capabilities across an organization’s IT infrastructure.
Customers can begin evaluating Forefront “Stirling” today by downloading it from http://www.microsoft.com/stirling or by getting a copy at Microsoft’s booth at RSA Conference 2008. Forefront “Stirling” is scheduled for release to market in the first half of 2009.
Forefront “Stirling” includes a central management console for security configuration and enterprise-wide visibility, combined with the next-generation Forefront products that span the client, server and network edge. They include Forefront Client Security, Forefront Security for Exchange Server, Forefront Security for SharePoint and the next generation of Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server (ISA Server), Forefront Threat Management Gateway.
“Customers tell us that IT security is becoming increasingly complex, with multiple point solutions and management consoles creating both a financial and management headache for businesses today,” said Ryan Hamlin, general manager in the Access and Security Division of the Server and Tools Business at Microsoft. “Microsoft is focused on reducing that burden for customers. By taking an integrated solutions approach that combines IT security, identity and access with systems management capabilities at the foundational level, and by delivering innovative products like Forefront ‘Stirling,’ we are providing dynamic protection and response capabilities that help customers secure their business while also saving time and reducing costs.”
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