Security at the Forefront at TechEd Europe

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2006-11-14 Print this article Print

Microsoft will use the IT Forum at its annual TechEd Europe conference, which is being attended by more than 4,750 IT professionals from around the world, to announce a set of milestones for IT professionals, including the first public beta of the Forefro

BARCELONA, Spain—Microsoft will use the IT Forum at its annual TechEd Europe conference here to announce a set of milestones for IT professionals, including the first public beta of the Forefront Client Security product, which offers anti-virus and malicious software protection and removal. "This is a very important milestone for us as this is a new business for Microsoft," said Andy Lees, Microsofts corporate vice president for server and tools marketing, in an eWEEK interview ahead of the conference.
Bob Muglia, the senior vice president for Microsofts server and tools division, is giving the opening keynote at the sold-out show that is expected to draw more than 4,750 IT professionals from around the world.
Click here to read more about how Microsoft has rebranded its enterprise security push. Muglia will use that address to announce that the Forefront Security for Exchange Server and Forefront Security for SharePoint products will be available in December to help businesses protect against malware, spam, inappropriate content and unwanted files. These products are a result of Microsofts acquisition of Sybari and its Antigen products in 2005, which now fall under the Forefront brand. Both products ship with nine different scan engines from various security vendors, which are integrated and managed in a single solution to provide comprehensive layered protection against the latest threats, Lees said. To read more about how Microsoft revamped Sybari anti-virus, click here. Some early adopters, like Andreas Zit, a senior consultant in the Business Infrastructure Department of T-Systems Austria, say they are pleased with what they see so far. "Based on our early evaluation of Exchange Server 2007 and Forefront Security for Exchange, we are confident the combination of these two products will help ensure we have a secure and resilient messaging environment," he said. Muglia will also announce the release of a Sharepoint Portal Optimizer and Dynamic CRM Optimizer, based on the SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) VPN solution that Microsoft acquired when it bought Whale Communications. "Our unique value-add on security is that no one is the leader in client, server, edge and cloud security. While there are different players in this large business, people have point solutions that are not integrated. That can create gaps, or even contradictions, in security strategy, and we think our comprehensive approach helps address that," Lees said. Asked about the enormous skepticism that followed Microsoft s move into this security space, given how many security issues its own software faced, Lees said customers had been impressed by its existing Antigen for Exchange and ISA Server products and what they could do. Click here to read more about Microsofts acquisition of Whale Communications. "I see people taking our entry into the security market as a good thing and we are getting a lot of interest from customers. Well see what interest is like for the Forefront Client Security beta, which is a very important marker for us in getting into that business," he said. Next Page: PowerShell.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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