The Forefront Security for Office Communications Server (FSOCS) RTM version was launched on March 16, 2009. The product engineering team would like to provide some insight into the evolution of this product as we’re very excited about this release and some of the new capabilities included that secure IM in key OCS 2007 and 0CS 2007 R2 scenarios. FSOCS secures all IM activity within OCS Enterprise and Standard edition deployment topologies in both OCS 2007 and OCS 2007 R2.
FSOCS is an evolution of the Antigen 8.0 for Live Communications Server product. Some of the same team members that worked on significant performance improvements on that product took on lead roles in developing and testing FSOCS. We heard customer feedback on the importance of providing a stable, performant product and so a lot of design and test effort was applied by the FSOCS engineering team into achieving this goal.
We collaborated closely with the Office Communications Server team to understand the behavior of some of the new OCS server roles FSOCS supports. For example, a key scenario that FSOCS secures is IM with external users. This requires securing the OCS Access Edge server role, which is typically deployed in the network perimeter. By supporting this role, IM between internal employees and federated organizations, or users of public IM networks, can be secured by FSOCS. In addition, IM will be scanned and filtered by FSOCS at the Edge in the scenario where an internal employee, who has an identity within Active Directory but who is logged in remotely at an airport outside of the VPN, is sending IM to colleagues inside the corporate network.
Additional integration was done to publish FSOCS performance counters that can be easily correlated with OCS performance counters so that administrators can view the end-to-end health and activity of their IM infrastructure. Support for new media content types generated by Office Communicator 2007 are included so that no IM content will be transmitted that has not been scanned by FSOCS.
These are just a few of the new features available in FSOCS. Look for more information on FSOCS and best practice recommendations on this blog going forward.
We’re hoping you download the evaluation version of FSOCS which can be found on the Microsoft FSOCS Download Page and is available in 11 different languages.
Feedback to the product team is welcome and there are several ways to reach us:
Program Manager – Forefront Server Security