from Redmond Mag.:
“Microsoft plans to sink more money into Forefront, its comprehensive suite of tools for desktop, server and remote security, and its security partners stand to benefit — perhaps substantially.
At its Worldwide Partner Conference in Denver Wednesday, Microsoft announced a number of enhancements to it Security Software Advisor (SSA) program. SSAs are Microsoft Partners that help sell and implement Microsoft security products like ISA Server, Forefront Security for Exchange Server, Forefront Security for SharePoint, Forefront Security Suite and so on. In all, there are currently 10 security products under the Forefront umbrella. SSAs earn up to 30 percent of the estimated retail price of any Forefront products they sell.
Microsoft stated in a press release that it has more than 4,000 SSAs, and that success has led it to boost its investment “in sales, marketing, training and other support for its security business” by $50 million.
It is also making some changes to the program specializations. The first is that the “Secure Management” specialization is going away; it’s being merged into the “Secure Infrastructure” specialization. A new specialization has also been created, “Identity and Secure Access.” Microsoft said that it is to reflect the fact that identity management and its relationship to secure network access is a specialized skill set. … ”
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