NEWSFLASH:Security Product Announcements from Microsoft (ISA Server 2006 Beta, and more!)


Microsoft put out a press release today about security products and offerings, in advance of the “biggest week in security” next week, the RSA Conference.

Here’s the press release.

To summarize the three big points:

  1. We’re making a beta available of ISA Server 2006.  Here’s the ISA Server 2006 site .  And if you’re like me, the first thing you want to read on any new product is the FAQ page .
  2. We’re releasing early select customer betas of both Microsoft Client Protection and Microsoft Antigen for Exchange.  Microsoft Client Protection is business-class antispyware, antivirus, and attack protection, with an integrated management console that provides centralized management and reporting.  The Antigen suite are the Sybari products we acquired when we purchased Sybari last year.  Now we are coming out with updated, Microsoft-Branded versions of the Antigen for Exchange, Antigen for SMTP Gateways, Antigen Spam Manager, and Antigen Enterprise Manager, and we’re making betas of these available to select customers.
  3. We’ve purchased the DynaComm i:filter, web-filtering product from FutureSoft.  This web filter integrates with ISA Server and is apparently a very powerful, flexible web access filtering tool.  I look forward to learning more about it.  And when I get my big server at home, I’m going to run ISA Server 2006 and the i:filter and really control how my kids surf the Internet.  And they’re going to love me for it. (yeah.. right)

Do any of you have experience with the i:filter?  Anyone played with ISA Server 2006 yet and want to share your thoughts?  How about Antigen?