By David Burt, Microsoft


Hi, my name is David Burt on the Forefront team. Today at the RSA conference in San Francisco, Microsoft revealed the public beta of its latest addition to the Forefront security products line, an integrated security system codenamed “Stirling.” This new offering will deliver comprehensive, coordinated protection across your IT environment that is easier to manage and control.


Customers have deployed a variety of best-of-breed technologies from security vendors to try to understand if their companies are secure. Often, these solutions have been expensive, difficult to use and fail to fully secure the system they are intended to protect. 


Forefront codename “Stirling” aims to solve this with a single dashboard for visibility into real-time enterprise security state. By integrating with existing infrastructure software, such as Active Directory, System Center, and Network Access Protection (NAP), “Stirling” reduces the complexity of managing security.


“Stirling” allows your infrastructure software to talk to each other about security, and to manage itself through policy, and then remediate issues with each other. This automation lets security professionals think about the future and focus on putting out security fires.


Included in “Stirling” are the next generation versions of Forefront products for protection of endpoints, messaging and collaboration applications, and the network edge, including Forefront Client Security; Forefront Security for Exchange and SharePoint; and  ISA Server, which has been renamed Forefront Threat Management Gateway.  Combining these products with the management console creates an integrated security system that reaches from desktop to network edge.


The target RTM for Forefront codename “Stirling” is H1 CY2009. For more information on Forefront codename “Stirling,” visit   If you’re attending RSA, please come by booth #1517 and pick up the beta to learn more.


David Burt, product manager