"Forefront Security for Office Communications Server integrates multiple antimalware engines from Microsoft and industry-leading partners to provide comprehensive protection against the latest threats. People often ask us what the big deal is about using multiple engines in our Forefront products. Well, multiple engines provide many advantages, which include:
- Increasing the chance that any single threat to your instant messaging environment will be caught.
- Providing redundancy against scan failures or defects in individual engines.
- Eliminating downtime during engines updates - if an engine goes offline for updates, the remaining engines continue to scan IM traffic.
We continually monitor antimalware engine quality and detection rates using internal and 3rd party independent testing organizations to ensure we are providing comprehensive protection for customers. Recently, we've worked with AVTest.org, an independent third-party testing lab, to provide insight into how different response times are between the engine set in Forefront Security for Office Communications Server and leading single-engine products..."
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Thomas W Shinder, M.D., MCSE
Sr. Consultant / Technical Writer