Today’s businesses rely on robust, cost-effective, and secure IT services. Microsoft Forefront is a comprehensive line of business security products that provides greater protection and control through integration with your existing IT infrastructure, and through simplified deployment, management, and analysis.

Forefront helps provide protection for client (Client Security) and server (Server Security) operating systems.

Microsoft Forefront helps you confidently meet ever-changing threats and increased business demands.

 

Protects Operating Systems

Forefront helps protect Microsoft client and server operating systems. The highly responsive anti-malware capabilities of Microsoft Forefront Client Security provide real-time, scheduled, or on-demand detection and removal of viruses, spyware, rootkits, and other emerging threats. Forefront Client Security also provides timely response rates to new threats.

 

Protects Critical Server Applications

Forefront helps protect Microsoft-based application servers through a defense-in-depth strategy. Forefront Security for Exchange Server and Forefront Security for SharePoint help businesses protect their Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, and Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 environments against viruses, worms, spam, and inappropriate content. These products integrate multiple antivirus scan engines from industry-leading security firms into a single solution, providing comprehensive protection for messaging and collaboration environments. They can also be centrally managed using Forefront Server Security Management Console. Adding an extra layer of protection, ISA Server 2006 provides robust access control, and application-specific and protocol-specific data inspection.

 

Enables More Secure, Controlled Access

Forefront offers a broad array of firewall, VPN, and encryption technologies, and identity management capabilities that help you ensure only authorized users can gain access to the appropriate IT resources and data. ISA Server 2006 provides strong network access control, while IAG 2007 helps secure access to a full range of network applications from both managed and unmanaged devices.

 

Safeguards Sensitive Data

Forefront products help safeguard sensitive data and protect intellectual property. ISA Server 2006 provides a combination of application-specific filters throughout the network, as well as technologies that help ensure the confidentiality and authenticity of your valuable data. Forefront also provides configurable rules that help protect against incoming and outgoing file types known for carrying viruses or which otherwise might cause compliance violations.

 

Integration With Your Microsoft Server Applications

Microsoft Forefront anti-malware and secure access products are specially tuned to integrate with and protect business-critical server applications, such as Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Outlook Web Access, and Microsoft Office SharePoint. This integration provides critical protection against the newest generation of application-specific attacks.

 

Integration With Your IT Infrastructure

Forefront products work with your existing IT infrastructure, including Active Directory, Group Policies, Systems Management Server, and Windows Update Services. This unifying infrastructure enables you to seamlessly manage security service deployment, distribution, configuration, and enforcement, and do so with a fine level of granular control.

 

Integration Across Microsoft Forefront

Forefront products are designed to work together so they can leverage their capabilities for greater security coverage.

 

Simplified Deployment

Utilities, such as ISA Server Best Practices Analyzer Tool and configuration wizards, help set a solid basis for robust security installation. Forefront integration with Active Directory and System Center enable ready deployment of policies and security software. Users and administrators both benefit from the centralized distribution of up-to-date configurations, policies, and operating system or anti-virus updates for server and client hosts.

 

Unified Reporting And Analysis

Forefront centralizes the collection and analysis of security management information, because security information is stored in a single SQL Server repository, which can use SQL Server Reporting and Analysis Services to identify and interpret security events.

 

Simplified Management

Security management and reporting is centralized in Forefront; its components integrate with System Center solutions and Windows Server Update Services. Forefront integrated management consoles offer Microsoft familiar interfaces and ease of use, reducing training time and helping to control business costs.

 

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