If you spend some of your time in the network management side of the shop, this is for you: Microsoft announced a couple weeks ago that the next version of ISA Server won’t be called ISA Server. Microsoft’s new network security product will be called Forefront Threat Management Gateway. It will be available as a standalone product and bundled in suites such as the forthcoming Windows Essential Business Server.
- Multiple Threat Protection: We will enable numerous new protection technologies and capabilities, including integration of the Microsoft Anti-Virus Engine for protection against Internet-based malware and other threats. As part of Stirling, Forefront TMG will also include the “Dynamic Response” functionality to enable shared intelligence and response. This is a major step forward in how our customers rely upon the Microsoft gateway for protection and access to the Internet.
- Simplified Management: Forefront TMG will include new set-up wizards, improved management interface and enhanced reporting. As part of the Stirling suite, Forefront TMG will be part of the Stirling central visibility dashboard and policy control.
- Secure Connectivity: Forefront TMG will build on current ISA Server capability around secure Internet access and other connectivity features.