From Ariel Katz, Director of Program Management:
I am pleased to announce that Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 Beta is publicly available for everyone to download.
FEP, the next generation release of Forefront Client Security, will simplify and improve endpoint protection while greatly reducing infrastructure costs. It builds on System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2, enabling you to use the existing client management infrastructure to deploy and manage endpoint protection. This shared infrastructure lowers ownership costs while providing improved visibility and control over endpoint management and security.
Key new features that you will be able to evaluate in this beta release are:
Integration with Configuration Manager – Single interface for managing and securing endpoints reduces complexity and improves troubleshooting and reporting insights.
New Antivirus Engine – Highly accurate and efficient threat detection protects against the latest malware and rootkits with low false positive rate.
New behavioral threat detection – Protection against “unknown” or “zero day” threats provided through behavior monitoring, emulation, and dynamic translation.
Dynamic Cloud Updates: On-demand signature updates from the cloud for suspicious files and previously unknown malware
Windows Firewall management – Ensures Windows Firewall is active and working properly on all endpoints, and allows administrators to more easily manage firewall protections across the enterprise.
The download is available now on our download center (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=8b46c3ff-d9a0-4741-8ba5-458c1b3d2257) and I invite you to install and test in your environment today. We look forward to hearing what you think.
Ariel Katz, Director of Program Management