BARCELONA, Spain -- Microsoft today unveiled the new Forefront Server Security Management Console, a centralized, Web-based management solution for onsite or remote administration of Microsoft messaging and collaboration security solutions.
Todays announcement builds on Microsofts momentum in the global enterprise security market, where Microsofts strategy to provide more simplified and integrated security and management technologies has been strongly embraced by customers.
PressPass spoke with Margaret Arakawa, senior director of Security & Access Product Marketing at Microsoft, about this milestone and how it fits into Microsofts broader strategy and commitment to customers.
PressPass: What is the Forefront Server Security Management Console?
Arakawa: Its a Web-based tool that helps businesses centrally manage, configure, report on and update multiple deployments of Forefront Security for Exchange Server, Forefront Security for SharePoint, as well as Microsoft Antigen products. Todays launch represents Microsofts continued progress on our long-term integrated security and management strategy and roadmap that we laid out for customers earlier this year.
PressPass: At last years IT Forum you released Forefront Sever Security for Exchange, and you followed that with several more products. Hows that going?
Arakawa: Weve seen significant demand from customers across the complete product portfolio, from client to server to network edge security. On the application server side, customer adoption is really accelerating with organizations worldwide. Were now protecting more than 20 percent of Exchange on-premise mailboxes with Forefront Security for Exchange Server. On the collaboration server side, Microsoft has seen tremendous customer demand for our Microsoft Office SharePoint Server solution. As SharePoint becomes a mission-critical collaboration application where customers store confidential and sensitive materials, customers are realizing the importance of protecting it. The unique capabilities that Forefront Security for SharePoint delivers that have made it the market leading solution include multiple scanning engines, Rights Management Server (RMS) integration, advanced content filtering, and deep integration with Office SharePoint Server 2007.
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