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Microsoft Unleashes Forefront Security Suite

Microsoft is muscling into the security market, lifting the lid on its Forefront security suite of products at its TechEd conference in Spain.

While several industry analysts said it's an important first step for Microsoft, Rob Enderle, president and principal analyst of the Enderle Group, said it will take some time before Microsoft is in a position to own the security market.

Microsoft's new Forefront suite includes antivirus and anti-spyware for the client, two server security products, and a product that sits on the edge of the network. This signals Microsoft's plunge into the growing and competitive security market to take on major players such as CA, McAfee, and Symantec.

"If you look at security, there are a number of point players but no one offers a comprehensive left-to-right view of security," said Andy Lees, Microsoft's corporate VP for server and tools marketing. "Some do desktop security, some services security, and others provide security for the edge of the network. We saw an opportunity to offer the customer a much more comprehensive suite of products to be integrated together and easier to manage."

Natalie Lambert, an analyst with Forrester Research, said this is a good direction for Microsoft as it enters the security market. "But they are quite a ways away from having a competitive security suite right now," she added. "There's really no couching that."

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