On Thursday, Microsoft announced that they had acquired Komoku, a Maryland firm that produces rootkit detection software, for an undisclosed sum. “Microsoft expects to add Komoku’s functionality into upcoming versions of the Forefront line of enterprise security products and Windows Live OneCare, Microsoft’s all-in-one PC care solution.”
Version 2.0 of Microsoft’s troubled OneCare personal antivirus software is due to ship next week according to Robert McMillan at Infoworld. You may recall that OneCare got off to a great start last year with help from its lowball pricing, but a embarrassing variety of glitches cropped up including a relative inability to actually detect viruses compared to competitors’ products.
Microsoft says they have been making incremental improvements in virus detection which is good news for existing customers (and customers of Microsoft’s Forefront security products for businesses which use the same detection engine), but it’s not clear that bolting on a variety of new but extraneous features in version 2.0 is going help OneCare turn the corner.
Update: It turns out that OneCare 2.0 was made available on November 15.
Microsoft yesterday revealed its new Web based security management console for Microsoft’s Forefront and and Antigen enterprise messaging security software:
Microsoft today unveiled the new Forefront Server Security Management Console, a centralized, Web-based management solution for onsite or remote administration of Microsoft messaging and collaboration security solutions.
It’s a Web-based tool that helps businesses centrally manage, configure, report on and update multiple deployments of Forefront Security for Exchange Server, Forefront Security for SharePoint, as well as Microsoft Antigen products.
The above is from a Q&A with Margaret Arakawa, senior director of Security & Access Product Marketing at Microsoft, who offers more about Microsoft’s Forefront products by following the link including a mention of the upcoming “Stirling,” a unified security offering announced in June:
A little more than 8 months after Exchange 2007 was released to manufacturing, Microsoft today announced a technology preview for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1). Among the new features: