Project Financing

Project Financing

In October we announced the strategic decision to build Forefront Endpoint Protection (FEP) on System Center Configuration Manager, Microsoft’s market-leading change and configuration management product.  Part of our Business Ready Security strategy, this approach better aligns with our customers’ desktop management and security solutions, helping them simplify deployment and reduce costs.  Chris Christiansen of analyst firm IDC puts it well:

“Converging endpoint security and operations can improve an organization’s overall security posture and efficiency. As security management overlaps with other IT functions, Microsoft’s integration of Forefront Endpoint Protection and System Center Configuration Manager just makes sense.”

We’ve been working to deliver on this strategy and, this week at the Microsoft Management Summit, we demonstrated this convergence for the first time.  (You can view corporate vice president Brad Anderson’s keynote speech with a demo here.)  We’re planning on releasing a beta of FEP in the third quarter of this year.   Learn more about FEP here.  We will also be sharing more about FEP at TechEd North America in June.

Separate infrastructure for endpoint protection and management is costly, inefficient and can expose a company to more security risks.  Disconnected management consoles and responsibilities, often spread across multiple teams, adds IT costs and can impact the productivity of both IT and business employees.  The right approach is to centralize endpoint security information – such as patches, deployment and policy – on a platform that can scale to hundreds of thousands of clients. 

This approach will improve security by reducing the attack surface of PCs and accelerating incident response.  It will make life much easier for desktop managers and also boost the effectiveness of security administrators, because they can more easily cover endpoint security basics and spend more time on newer capabilities to combat the latest threats.

By building FEP on Configuration Manager, customers will save capital costs on roll-out.  They will also reduce training costs, because administrators won’t have to learn yet another management user interface.  One of our customers, Kristaps ?udars, Senior System Virtualization Specialist at Rīgas Stradi?a University in Europe, said:

“We like Microsoft’s strategy to integrate Forefront Endpoint Protection with System Center Configuration Manager.  We expect this approach of merging endpoint security with overall endpoint management will simplify deployment and management, lowering the total cost of ownership per desktop.”

With this convergence, all the information that the client management team needs to make security decisions is provided in a single pane of glass, enabling them to both mitigate security risks more easily and generate reports about compliance for the security team.

We feel this approach is the future of endpoint security.  And Microsoft is driving this convergence for both large and mid-sized organizations.  In addition to building FEP on Configuration Manager, the newly introduced Windows Intune solution for mid-sized companies provides a cloud-based solution for PC security and management, using core Forefront and System Center technologies.



我们一直在努力实现这一战略,在本周举行的微软管理峰会上,我们第一次证明了这一点收敛。 (您可以查看企业副总裁布拉德·安德森的主题演讲与演示。)我们计划今年第三季度发布一个beta中FEP。了解更多关于FEP这里。我们也将分享更多关于FEP 6月在TechEd北美。

端点保护和管理单独的基础设施是昂贵的,低效的,可以公开公司更多的安全风险。断开连接的管理控制台和责任,往往横跨多个团队,增加了IT成本,并影响到IT和业务员工的生产力。正确的做法是端点安全信息 – 比如补丁,部署和策略 – 集中在一个平台上,可以扩展到数百数千客户。


建设FEP在Configuration Manager,客户将节约资金成本,转出。他们也将减少培训成本,因为管理员也没有学习的又一管理用户界面。我们的客户的Kristaps?udars,在里加斯Stradi的高级系统虚拟化专家之一?一所大学,在欧洲,说:



我们觉得这种方法是未来的端点安全。微软正在推动这种融合的大型和中型组织。除了建设FEP配置管理器,新推出Windows Intune的解决方案的中型企业提供了一个基于云计算的解决方案,为PC的安全和管理,使用核心Forefront和System Center技术。

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