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08 April 2009, 12:32

Microsoft updates schedule for Forefront "Stirling"

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Microsoft is planning to release new products based on the Forefront security suite, code named "Stirling". According to a Forefront Team blog post, the first suite components; Forefront Server Security for Exchange and Threat Management Gateway (the next generation of ISA Server), will appear in the fourth quarter of 2009. These will be followed by the "Stirling” management console, Forefront Client Security 2.0 and Forefront Security for SharePoint, in the first half of 2010. A public beta 2 of “Stirling” and a release candidate will be available prior to final release.

Microsoft had originally said that “Stirling” was targeted for release in the first half of this year. One of the reported causes for the delay is the integration of Security Assessment Sharing (SAS). SAS will correlate security events from different Forefront and third party products to provide reports on security events. The delay of Forefront Client Security 2.0 is being attributed to additional work being done on Dynamic Signature Service (DSS), a behaviour-based technology designed to protect against zero day attacks.

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