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February 9, 2006

Microsoft announces enterprise security betas, acquisition from FutureSoft

Posted by David Hunter at 3:30 PM ET.

Press Q&A:

We’re announcing several security product milestones: the beta availability of Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server (ISA) 2006, early select customer betas of both Microsoft Client Protection and Microsoft Antigen for Exchange (also Microsoft Antigen for SMTP Gateways, Antigen Spam Manager and Antigen Enterprise Manager – ed.) , and the acquisition of the DynaComm i:filter Web filtering product from FutureSoft, Inc., a privately held company, based in Houston, Tex.

ISA Server is the Internet Security and Acceleration Server which provides a variety of enterprise network security and speedup functions. The beta is public and available here.

Microsoft Client Protection is an antivirus and antispyware package for enterprises announced in October along with the Antigen products obtained in the acquisition of Sybari which provide antivirus and anti-spam protection for messaging and collaboration servers like Exchange. Those betas are limited and the whole family of Antigen products is expected to be generally available within six months, while MCP is due before the end of the year with a public beta in 3Q.

As for the FutureSoft DynaComm i:filter product:

This is a product that enables business customers to manage access to the Web in their environments. In addition to productivity concerns associated with unmanaged Web access, phishing attacks, malicious Web sites and other Web-based threats are leading to a growing security concern for our customers. Consequently, enabling customers to manage Web access in their environments is an important area of focus for our edge security offering.

We were impressed with DynaComm i:filter’s rich database and comprehensive management feature set. We believe this product will help us better address customer needs for more secure and productive Web access. It’s a product which already integrates with ISA Server and we will be looking at ways to deepen that integration, and simplify the user experience. Though it won’t be made available immediately, this product will help us deliver an additional layer of defense to our customers in future releases. We’ve acquired only the Web filtering product from FutureSoft. The company remains independent following this product acquisition.

More details on the FutureSoft web site.

Filed under Acquisitions, Antigen, Beta and CTP, Client Protection, ISA Server, Servers

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