Microsoft Releases Forefront Protection 2010 for SharePoint

Microsoft has released Forefront Protection 2010 for SharePoint, which provides protection against viruses and spyware being spread through shared files. In addition, it can be set to block certain file types and has a keyword filtering feature that allows organizations to block the sharing of sensitive documents.

"Collaboration is a driving force in the modern enterprise and it really is happening not just within companies but across company boundaries and up into the cloud, [and] there are security considerations," said Joel Sider, a Microsoft senior product manager. "Certainly when we're talking about a company's information it's important to have the right secure collaboration processes and technologies in place."

The product works with SharePoint 2010 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 SP 1 or later versions. For those using SharePoint Portal Server 2003, Microsoft offers downgrade rights to its Antigen security software. The preferred implementation would be to use a 64-bit Windows OS with the product, according to Microsoft system requirements.

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The security solution has a new UI, supports Windows PowerShell scripting and has a new "restore from quarantine feature," according to Noreen Lynch, a development lead and program manager for Microsoft Forefront Protection 2010 for SharePoint. A dashboard provides an overview for IT pros, showing the various security engines used and whether they took action on a file. Multiple security engines from different security vendors run at once to provide malware protection. The dashboard also shows product licensing, services and scan-job details.

Some of the product's components will be available at no additional cost via a service pack to be released in the second half of 2010, Microsoft said. One of those features in the service pack will be the Forefront Server Security Script Kit. The kit will allow IT pros to use Windows PowerShell to remotely configure multiple deployments of Forefront Protection 2010 for SharePoint and Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server, according to Microsoft.

Jeffrey Schwartz contributed to this report.

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