The Future of Microsoft Network Security — "Stirling"

Last week Microsoft announced the beta release of its integrated network security solution, code-named Stirling. Stirling will allow you to integrate multiple Microsoft security products in the Forefront line of security solutions. Stirling will tie together information coming from:

  • Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG)
  • Forefront Client Security
  • Forefront Security for Exchange
  • Forefront Security for SharePoint

All of these applications monitor various parts of your network and keep there own log files. What if you could gather the information obtained from each of these products and put them into a central location? OK, that would be great, but that’s not enough. What you really want is a product that will be able to take the information gather by each of these products and have the solution dynamically respond to a threat situation. That’s right. The solution should be able to carry out initial incident response procedures when an incident is detected by any of these solutions. Well, that’s what Stirling is all about.

In future postings, I’ll give you some examples of how Stirling and the Forefront suite of security applications can significantly enhance the security of your network by acting as a dynamically responding security solution.

Until then, read up on Stirling at:

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2007/jun07/06-04Forefront.mspx

And download your own beta version of Stirling at:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/cc339029.aspx

I’m telling you now that this is going to be a very hot product and the sooner you get to know how it works and how it will empower you as a security administrator for Microsoft Networks, the better. I’ll make sure we have plenty of articles on Windowsecurity.com so that you’ll get off to a good start!

Thanks!

Tom

Thomas W Shinder, M.D.
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