Two Great Tastes that Taste Great Together: NAP and Forefront Client Security
You know about Network Access Protection (NAP). It's the new Windows Server 2008 technology that allows you to control what hosts are allowed to connect to your network based on the security configuration of the client systems who try to connect to your network. If the client can't pass the NAP tests, then it's not allowed to communicate with hosts on your network, except for those you have allowed them to connect to so that they can remediate.
Forefront Client Security (FCS) is an enterprise grade anti-malware solution that provides for centralized management of malware detection and prevention that also gives you enterprise security status reporting.
Wouldn't it be great if you could have these two technologies work together? Work together so that you can establish a system health policy that NAP uses to determine whether client computers that run Forefront Client Security comply with the policy before they are allowed access to network resources? Yes it would!
If you agree, then check out the Microsoft Forefront Integration Kit for Network Access Protection at http://blogs.technet.com/secguide/archive/2008/03/13/new-beta-available-microsoft-forefront-integration-kit-for-network-access-protection.aspx
The benefits of the solution include:
- Boosts security. The Kit strengthens your malware defenses by integrating two key Microsoft security technologies: Forefront Client Security and Network Access Protection.
- Saves time and reduces IT costs. The Kit's system health validator (SHV) allows you to quickly establish health policies for Forefront Client Security installations on all network clients. The system health agent (SHA) automatically monitors the health of these installations network-wide, and remediates problems-freeing up scarce IT resources for other tasks.
- Easy to deploy. You can install and configure the Kit in just a couple of hours.
Thomas W Shinder, M.D.
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