Forefront Client Security Update with Windows Firewall check

The Forefront Client Security Team writes:   Today we published another Security State Assessment (SSA) definition update on Microsoft Update! Included in this release is a new check that will provide visibility into end-user configuration of the Windows Firewall. When used with Group Policy, this new functionality aids in firewall management.   The Windows Firewall…

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Gone Firewallin’ with WS08 and WinVista

For those of you who read my standalone blog, you already know that I’m a huge fan of the Windows Firewall with Advanced Security.  You can do bunch with this firewall functionality, including some hugely intelligent authenticating firewall rules.  That is, you can not only create your traditional inbound and outbound allow or block filters.  You…

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InfoWorld rates the Intelligent Application Gateway (IAG) 2007 “Excellent”

Nice review at InfoWorld of our IAG SSL VPN appliance.   Here’s the summary: 10/29/07 Microsoft Internet Application Gateway 2007 8.7 Excellent Microsoft’s IAG 2007 is a full-featured SSL VPN solution available only as part of an OEM/appliance bundle. IAG sits on top of Microsoft ISA Server, providing multiple layers of security. The end point inspection…

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Forefront Client Security Health Management Pack for Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 SP1 Available

The Forefront Client Security team writes: While you’ve always had the ability to use MOM 2005 to monitor things like IIS and SQL for your Client Security servers, this management pack gives you the additional ability to monitor some key FCS services:   ·         Definition Import Failure ·         Microsoft Client Security Update Assistant service—That’s the…

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Happy Birthday Windows Networking!

That’s it! It’s my turn to throw my hat into the Forefront Team Blog ring!  Okay…I’m not 100% what that means.  Moving on. My name is Ian Hameroff, and I’m one of the many bloggers you’ll see up here on the Forefront blog-o-rama.  If that’s not a stellar enough intro, check out this video we filmed last week at…

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Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (January – June 2007) is Now Available

The new Security Intelligence Report (SIR) is out from the Microsoft Malware Protection Center (MMPC) – the folks who make Forefront’s anti-malware engine.  Vinnie Gullotto writes on the MMPC blog: The SIR shares the conclusions drawn by our research team using data gathered from the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT), Windows Defender, Windows Live…

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Forefront Security and Systems Center make a winning ensemble for Paul Smith

Paul Smith, a designer and retailer of clothing and luxury goods, wanted a client security solution that would be easier to manage. The current solution had to be maintained separately, which conflicted with the company goal of a more streamlined, integrated IT environment. To improve efficiency, Paul Smith chose a solution based on Microsoft Forefront…

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Do spammers change their tactics based upon recipient verification? Yes, they do.

Or, to be more precise, it sure looks like they do. In my other post on the publicly available spam tool, I mentioned that I came across a page that allowed people to verify whether or not an email address is actually live.  The question naturally arises: do spammers clean up their email contact lists…

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The advantage of multiple anti-virus engines on server products

The Forefront server security products provide several key security capabilities to Exchange and SharePoint customers, including an advanced multiple anti-virus engine manager that allows you to concurrently run up to 5 of the included Microsoft and third-party anti-malware engines. Using multiple scan engines delivers several critical advantages: It increases the chances that emerging threats will…

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New spam outbreak: mp3 spam

There is a new spam outbreak that hit today, spam in mp3’s.  The filenames of the spam varies, and includes some of the following: Emotional ties, for example: dadsong.mp3, oursong.mp3, weddingsong.mp3 Well-known artists and songs, for example: santana.mp3, sayyousayme.mp3, smashingpumpkins.mp3, bbrown.mp3, bspears.mp3, gloriaestefan.mp3, beatles.mp3 Other “sounds” that people might want to listen to, for example:…

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