Microsoft Unveils Integrated Security Highlighting the ISA Firewall

Microsoft shared details of its long-term security product strategy as part of its ongoing TechEd 2007 training conference on June 4, lifting the lid on plans to deliver an integrated suite of its security software by mid-2009.

After leaping headlong into the security software market in 2007 with the launch of a range of products aimed at defending everything from the edge, to endpoints and to messaging servers, Microsoft officials said the company will soon seek to compete with the integrated security platforms currently offered by rivals including Symantec and McAfee.

Built under the code-name Stirling, the package of security applications will include Microsoft’s Antigen server anti-virus, anti-spam and content filtering technologies — in the form of its Forefront Security for Exchange Server and Forefront Security for SharePoint products — along with its ISA Firewall, Windows Live OneCare desktop defense system, and network access protection tools.

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