Posted by: kurtsh | November 14, 2009

RELEASE: Microsoft Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server

image Last week at the TechEd Europe conference, in conjunction with the launch of Exchange Server 2010, Microsoft launched Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server.  The product and evaluation software is available now.

Part of our Business Ready Security strategy, Forefront Protection for Exchange (FPE) offers multiple anti-malware engines for 38 times faster detection than single engine solutions, and 99% guaranteed spam protection with only one in 250,000 spam false positives.  Customers also have the choice of using the hosted Forefront Online Protection for Exchange service, or both offerings together for defense-in-depth.

Like all of our Forefront solutions, FPE is designed to help companies balance the needs of business with security requirements.  Email is an extremely critical application, of course, and it presents challenges to both businesspeople and IT managers.  Employees (and non-employees) needs secure access to messaging and documents from anywhere, as well as a spam-free inbox and protection from malware.  On the other hand, IT must manage multiple sites and devices, ensure information protection and compliance, and ward off financially-motivated threats.

Combined with Exchange 2010 and other Microsoft identity and security technologies, FPE is part of Microsoft’s comprehensive solution for secure messaging.  It’s worth watching a video presentation on the whole solution here, in fact.)

New features in Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server include:

  • Premium antispam protection, with 99% detection rate, less than 1 in 250,000 false positives, and backscatter filtering
  • New user interface with dashboard view of detection statistics and health monitoring
  • Antispyware scanning provided by the Microsoft Antimalware Engine
  • Support for Exchange 2010, Windows PowerShell, and Hyper-V
  • Standardized installation using MSI installer

Already a number of customers have deployed FPE with success.  Quotes from two:

  • “Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server goes hand-in-hand with Exchange Server 2010. We wouldn’t put anything else for e-mail security on our Exchange Server 2010.”
    Jonathan Wynn, IT Manager– Del Monte Foods.
  • “Implementing Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server was an easy decision for us following the success of our previous Forefront Security for Exchange Server implementation”
    George Podolak, Director of IT, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners


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