! New IAG – Unified Access Gateway (UAG)

Hi all,

As Forefront MVP I already know about it, but now (April 29th) it’s public.

“At the Interop conference today, Microsoft announced its next-generation secure remote access gateway product, Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG), available in the first half of 2009. Forefront Unified Access Gateway is the evolution of Microsoft’s current solution, Intelligent Application Gateway (IAG 2007), and moves the successful product under the Forefront brand.  UAG will bring new features and functionality to make remote access easier than ever for all users and IT professionals.        

Built on Windows Server 2008, UAG is designed to offer one solution to fit all remote access needs through centralized management and policy control across all users, devices, and network resources.  More details about the features in Forefront UAG will be available with a public beta scheduled for later this calendar year.  Microsoft will provide an easy product and licensing upgrade path from IAG 2007 or customers using ISA 2006 for remote access to Forefront UAG, and IAG customers that have or buy Microsoft Software Assurance can be confident of receiving strong value with Forefront UAG. 

Forefront UAG will add further features to a comprehensive end point security assessment and cache cleanup, which is tailored to the specific application and access environment.  Tightly integrated with Microsoft Network Access Protection, this ensures only secure devices and authenticated users can access network resources and that no data is compromised during or after the sessions.

Forefront UAG adds more ease of use with wizard driven configuration, easy to use policies and highly intuitive user experience.  This solution ensures a fast and easy deployment allowing employees, partners and vendors simple and secure access, via customized and dynamic user portals.  Ongoing management and control is simplified via updates to application and endpoint policies.

More information here.

Bye,

Eduardo Petizme
MVP Forefront Security
Site: http://petizme.com
Blogs: http://blog.petizme.com ( USA | BRA )

! MVP Summit 2008 – Seattle & Redmond – WA – USA

Hi all,

Last week was the MVP Global Summit, edition 2008, at Seattle & Redmond (Microsoft Campus) – WA – USA. Participate in this exclusive event is one of benefits to be a MVP.

This year we had more breakout sessions with the product team and my case much better than 2007 was. I saw sessions w/ Forefront Client Security, Forefront Server, ISA/TMG/IAG/UAC and Stirling. Almost all content is under NDA and I cannot tell you what I see, but “Stirling” is already available to download as a beta and you can try it (see my old post about it).

About the keynotes, we had Ray Ozzie and Steve Ballmer! Steve was incredible!!!

Thanks to MVP Team for this opportunity.

Thanks Forefront Team by your support.

To know more about this event see at  https://www.mvpsummit2008.com/public/aboutthisevent.aspx

http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/press/2008/apr08/04-1408MVPSummitPR.mspx

To know more about the keynotes see at Ray Ozzie & Steve Ballmer

Bye,

Eduardo Petizme
MVP Forefront Security
Site: http://petizme.com
Blogs: http://blog.petizme.com ( USA | BRA )

! New ISA Server – Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG)

Hi all,

As Forefront MVP I already know about it, but now (April 9th) it’s public.

“… the Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG), a comprehensive network protection solution. Forefront TMG is the future version of the Microsoft Internet Security & Acceleration Server (ISA Server) and will extend the capabilities of ISA Server with new features and security technologies. I know many of you have loved and embraced the ISA Server name and brand for a long time – but it is time for new naming, new logos, blogs, books and of course new technology directions.

Forefront TMG will be available as both a standalone solution but also part of new integrated suites to be released in the future such as the Microsoft Windows Essential Business Server, the recently announced server solution designed for mid-sized companies due out later this year as well as the Forefront “Stirling” suite announced today, a unified protection solution that combines Forefront client, server, and edge security solutions with a single management and policy layer. A “first look” preview of Stirling Beta 1 was shown at RSA this week. It is also available for download.

Why am I so excited about this announcement? To begin, it is the first version of ISA Server that will fully support the Windows Vista and Server 2008 platforms. It also will natively support the 64-bit Windows Server platform which provides significant scalability and security capabilities to the Threat Management Gateway. The three other main areas of enhancement we are announcing today are the following:

1. Multiple Threat Protection: We will enable numerous new protection technologies and capabilities, including integration of the Microsoft Anti-Virus Engine for protection against Internet-based malware and other threats. As part of Stirling, Forefront TMG will also include the “Dynamic Response” functionality to enable shared intelligence and response. This is a major step forward in how our customers rely upon the Microsoft gateway for protection and access to the Internet.

2. Simplified Management: Forefront TMG will include new set-up wizards, improved management interface and enhanced reporting. As part of the Stirling suite, Forefront TMG will be part of the Stirling central visibility dashboard and policy control.

3. Secure Connectivity: Forefront TMG will build on current ISA Server capability around secure Internet access and other connectivity features.

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More information here.

Bye,

Eduardo Petizme
MVP Forefront Security
Site: http://petizme.com
Blogs: http://blog.petizme.com ( USA | BRA )

! Forefront "Stirling" Beta avaliable

Hi all,

Since yesterday, April 8th, you can download the beta version of Forefront Stirling, that is an integrated security system that delivers comprehensive, coordinated protection across endpoints, messaging and collaboration servers and the network edge that is easier to manage and control.
By delivering simplified management and providing critical visibility into threats, vulnerabilities, and configuration risks, Forefront codename “Stirling” helps reduce costs and achieve greater insight into the enterprise security state.
At release, “Stirling” will include:

  • A central management console and dashboard for security configuration and enterprisewide visibility.
  • The next-generation versions of Forefront products: the next generation of Forefront Client Security, Forefront Security for Exchange Server, Forefront Security for SharePoint and the Internet Security & Acceleration Server (to be renamed the Forefront Threat Management Gateway).
  • Dynamic Response, an innovative Microsoft technology built into each component of “Stirling” that allows the entire system to share and use security information to dynamically respond to threats across multiple layers of the organization.
  • More information and download here.

    Bye,

    Eduardo Petizme
    MVP Forefront Security
    Site: http://petizme.com
    Blogs: http://blog.petizme.com ( USA | BRA )