In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a lot of cool news coming out of this week’s TechEd IT Forum (NOTE: I can never work out how to stick that ‘·’ thingy between the “Tech” and “Ed”) event in Barcelona, Spain.
The one that’s most relevant to your humble blogger is the announcement of a public beta for Forefront Client Security (Microsoft’s enterprise antivirus and anti-spyware solution). Now don’t worry. I haven’t switched roles — although I do work in the Security and Access Products group where the Forefront gang lives. Here’s the good stuff: we also kicked off a brand new campaign to promote a multi-layered solution for securing Windows clients from that long list of network-borne threats (i.e. things that go “boo” at night on the Internet) that all IT admins have to deal with.
Affectionately called the “secure client” campaign, this solution promotes the combination of:
- platform security features of Windows Vista (e.g. Windows Firewall with Advanced Security),
- the end-point authentication capabilities of Server and Domain Isolation, and
- the aforementioned Forefront Client Security.
Together, we (and here’s that marketing side of me) call this the “Three Dimensions of Client Security” and have setup a brand new portal on the solution at http://www.microsoft.com/secureclient.
We’ll be doing a bunch of things around this solution, including an upcoming webcast on December 12th (details pending) where yours truly will be doing a demo of these three dimensions in action. If things go as planned, my co-presenter Ryan McGee (the mastermind of this campaign) and I will sing one (or more) classics from the 1960s group “The Fifth Dimension“. Okay, that may not be a good idea <g>