Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Microsoft Launches First Hosted Security Product

Microsoft today made a number of announcements under its Business Ready Security initiative, including its first hosted security offering, and a public beta of the highly-anticipated Stirling integrated security suite.

Forefront Online Security for Exchange Server features comprehensive anti-malware protection and spam detection, alongside new capabilities previously announced under the Geneva codename to help firms migrate and manage identities in the cloud.

Microsoft also released a public beta of the new Stirling security suite, which ties together products on the server, client and edge, making it easier to manage and bringing the benefits of shared knowledge of security events.

To this end, Microsoft is making available a new security assessment API to "anyone in the industry" to help firms achieve the Business Ready Security goal of "protect everywhere, access anywhere".

Twenty partners, including RSA Security, Juniper Networks and Kaspersky Lab, have already been announced that will make use of the API to extend the capabilities of Stirling.

In addition, Forefront will become the de facto brand for all identity and security products, thus Microsoft's Identity Lifecycle Manager will be known officially as the Forefront Identity Manager from today.

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