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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Microsoft muscles into security market with Client Protection

Microsoft has unveiled a security strategy and product roadmap to provide anti-virus and security software to rival Symantec, McAfee, Sophos, Computer Associates and Trend Micro.  The Microsoft Client Protection package is designed to protect business desktops, laptops and file servers from malware threats such as spyware and hacking toolkits, as well as viruses and other attacks, said Microsoft.  The company plans to make an early beta of the product available to selected customers later this year.

“This approach enables businesses to spend less time dealing with malicious software threats and more time managing other IT needs that help improve the bottom line,” said Microsoft.

Microsoft Client Protection will also integrate with Active Directory and software distribution systems to reduce the time it takes to deploy security updates and patches.

Microsoft also plans to release Microsoft Antigen anti-virus and anti-spam security software for messaging and collaboration servers, based on technology from recently acquired Sybari Software.  Antigen for Exchange is scheduled to be available in beta in the first half of 2006.

In spite of its intention to offer “a single solution” for desktop security, Jay Heiser, research vice-president at analyst firm Gartner, said Microsoft was unlikely to produce a strong security suite.

Posted on 10/19