Microsoft beefs up security management tools

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Microsoft beefs up security management tools

Enhanced Forefront and System Center brands.

Microsoft is aiming to boost its integrated security and management offerings with the launch of a new portfolio under the Forefront and System Center brands.

Senior Microsoft vice president Bob Muglia said during a keynote address to business customers and partners in Los Angeles that Microsoft is delivering deeper integration with its Forefront and System Center platforms to help customers simplify security management and improve productivity.

The first two products are Forefront Client Security and System Center Essentials 2007.

Forefront Client Security is designed to help protect business desktops, laptops and server operating systems from viruses, spyware, Trojans and other current and emerging threats.

The software integrates with System Center solutions, Active Directory services and other Microsoft technologies.

System Center Essentials 2007 is a unified management solution to help IT professionals in midsize organisations manage their IT environment.

It features a single console from which IT managers can view and manage servers, clients, hardware, software and IT services.

"Customers are under increasing pressure to manage the complexity of today's business environment while protecting information against an ever-evolving array of threats," said Muglia.

"With Forefront and System Center, we are building integrated solutions on a common management infrastructure, making it easier for organisations to protect their IT assets and deliver high-quality service to their customers."
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