We have officially announced the release to manufacturing of Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection (FEP) 2010the new version of Forefront Client SecurityForefront Endpoint Protection 2010 enables businesses to align security and management to improve endpoint protection while greatly reducing operational costs. It builds on System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2 and R3, allowing you to use your existing client management infrastructure to deploy and manage endpoint protection. This shared infrastructure helps reduce ownership costs while providing improved visibility and control over endpoint management and security.

The key benefits and features of FEP 2010 make it easier to protect critical desktop, laptop, and server operating systems against viruses, spyware, rootkits, and other threats. Some of the key features in FEP 2010 include:

· Simplify

o Single Console - Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 is built on System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2 and R3. Configuration Manager provides a single interface for managing and securing endpoints, reducing complexity, and improving troubleshooting and reporting insights.

o Central policy creation - Administrators have a central location for creating and applying all endpoint-related policies.

o Improved visibility - With a shared view of endpoint protection and configuration, administrators can more easily identify and remediate vulnerable computers.

o Automated Agent Replacement - Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 automatically detects and removes the most common endpoint security agents, dramatically lowering the time and effort needed to deploy new protection.

· Integrate

o Single infrastructure - Forefront Endpoint Protection uses the Configuration Manager infrastructure for deploying and managing endpoint protection. It also eliminates the expense of purchasing and maintaining an independent security infrastructure.

o Enterprise scalability - Using the Configuration Manager infrastructure, Forefront Endpoint Protection clients and policies can be efficiently deployed to hundreds of thousands of users.

· Protect

o Highly accurate detection - Forefront Endpoint Protection protects against the latest malware and rootkits with low false positives.

o Behavior monitoring - Forefront Endpoint Protection detects system behavior and file reputation data to identify unknown threats.

o Vulnerability Shielding - Forefront Endpoint Protection blocks exploitation of endpoint vulnerabilities with deep protocol analysis of network traffic.

o Efficient scanning - Forefront Endpoint Protection keeps employees productive with low performance impact scanning.

o Client firewall management - Forefront Endpoint Protection helps administrators centrally manage Windows Firewall protections across the enterprise.

Additional Product Details and Resources:

· System Requirements

· FAQs

· Webcasts:

o Business Insights Webcast: Security and Management Convergence on the Desktop (Level 100)

o TechNet Webcast: Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010: Features and Protection Technologies (Level 300)

o TechNet Webcast: Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 and System Center Configuration Manager (Level 200)

· Downloads:

o Free Trial

Technical Resources

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