Microsoft gets ready to reveal its Stirling security console
Microsoft CTO Craig Mundie intends to launch Stirling, the central control console for Microsoft's Forefront security products, at the RSA Conference on Tuesday in San Francisco. The console will manage Microsoft antivirus and antispam applications for email and messaging servers as well as the company's firewall and gateway security products. Stirling was announced last June as an enterprise security product.
Forefront includes several of the software giant's own solutions as well as with products it has acquired. A few years ago, Microsoft purchased antivirus company Gecad and antispyware specialist Giant Company Software. In previous presentations, Mundie has already drawn attention to the close integration of Microsoft's server products such as Exchange, Sharepoint and Active Directory.
Stirling is Microsoft's answer is to competitors in the security software sector, such as McAfee and Symantec, who have already introduced management consoles for their expanding product portfolios in an attempt to encourage users to consolidate their security applications. However, a major beta test of Stirling is not expected before the end of the year. The product should be fully developed by mid-2009. For personal users, Microsoft continues to offer its Windows Live OneCare online service and a variety of anti-malware desktop tools.
(Erich Bonnert) /