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Security Compliance Manager 2.5 now available for beta download

The latest version the Microsoft Security Compliance Manager (SCM) tool—version 2.5—is now available for beta download and review!

NEW baselines include:

  • Exchange Server 2007 SP3 Security Baseline
  • Exchange Server 2010 SP2 Security Baseline
  • Updated client product baselines include:
  • Windows 7 SP1 Security Compliance Baseline
  • Windows Vista SP2 Security Compliance Baseline
  • Windows XP SP3 Security Compliance Baseline
  • Office 2010 SP1 Security Baseline
  • Internet Explorer 8 Security Compliance Baseline

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New Microsoft Security Essentials beta

It looks like Microsoft is getting close to releasing a new version of Microsoft Security Essentials, as some Microsoft Connect participants are being invited to join a new Microsoft Security Essentials Public Beta program. Microsoft vaguely state that the newest MSE beta will have “the latest protection features”, and the beta program itself will “start soon” after you accept the invitation.

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Microsoft Security Essentials 2.1

Microsoft Security Essentials 2.1

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Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 released

Microsoft Security Essentials, released back in September 2009 as a free replacement for the subscription-based Windows Live OneCare, has been updated to version 2.0 today.

  • Windows Firewall integration – During setup, Microsoft Security Essentials will now ask if you would like to turn the Windows Firewall on or off.
  • Enhanced protection for web-based threats – Microsoft Security Essentials now integrates with Internet Explorer to provide protection against web-based threats.
  • New protection engine – The updated anti-malware engine offers enhanced detection and cleanup capabilities with better performance.
  • Network inspection system – Protection against network-based exploits is now built in to Microsoft Security Essentials.

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Microsoft delivers another beta build of next-gen Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft made available to testers this week a new beta build (2.0.522.0) of its next release of Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE), the company’s free anti-virus/anti-malware product for Windows.

On November 9, Microsoft began pushing out via Windows Update a “beta refresh” of that product. (One of my readers said this technically is the Release Candidate build of the new MSE, but Microsoft officials are not calling it that publicly.)

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Hotmail security improves with full-session HTTPS encryption

Beginning today, Hotmail is providing you with the option to enhance the security of your entire Hotmail session with HTTPS data encryption (via secure socket layers, or SSL), which is currently used to help secure your Hotmail sign-in. Today’s update joins a series of other recent security updates, with which Hotmail offers advanced security safeguards to help protect your email account from hijackers and fraud.

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Microsoft Security Essentials available to Small Businesses on October 7

We announced back in September that Microsoft Security Essentials would be changing its licensing terms and would soon become available to small business on up to 10 PCs. We are happy to announce that beginning tomorrow, October 7, the change will go into effect and small business owners will be able to download and install Microsoft Security Essentials.

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Microsoft Business Ready Security Trial Environment

The Microsoft Business Ready Security trial environment provides an end to end trial experience across all of the Business Ready Security solutions. The environment provides an opportunity to evaluate protection, access, management and identity technologies as a pre-configured set of VHDs.

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Free security software for small businesses

Security is foundational to everything we do at Microsoft –small business owners tell me they want technology that not only improves productivity but equally important they want reassurance that their work is safeguarded.

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Exchange 2010 SP1 FAQ and Known Issues

Last week Microsoft released Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1. It has received some great feedback and reviews from customers, experts, analysts, and the Exchange community.

The starting point for SP1 setup/upgrade should be the What’s New in SP1, SP1 Release Notes, and Prerequisites docs. As with any new release, there are some frequently asked deployment questions, and known issues, or issues reported by some customers.

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Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer 2.2

The Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer provides a streamlined method to identify missing security updates and common security misconfigurations. MBSA 2.2 is a minor upgrade correct minor issues and add optional catalog support.

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Beta for Next Version of Microsoft Security Essentials Now Available

Today we are announcing the beta for the next version of Microsoft Security Essentials. Microsoft Security Essentials was first released in September 2009 and is our award-winning no-cost light weight anti-malware service. It’s designed to help address the ongoing security needs of PCs running genuine Windows – helping keep people protected from viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

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Security upgrades in the new Hotmail

We were excited to share with you last week a preview of the brand new Hotmail, available starting later this summer. To follow up, we wanted to share a little more detail around some of the security investments we’ve made in the new Hotmail.

Security remains the number one concern of people who use email and a top priority for all Microsoft development efforts, products, and services – Hotmail included.


Microsoft Business Ready Security Trial Environment

The Microsoft Business Ready Security trial environment provides an end to end trial experience across all of the Business Ready Security solutions:

Secure Messaging – Enable more secure business communication from virtually any location or device, while preventing unauthorized use of confidential information

Secure Collaboration – Secure business collaboration from virtually anywhere and on any device, while preventing unauthorized use of confidential information

Secure Endpoint – Protect client and server operating systems from emerging threats and information loss, while enabling secure access from virtually anywhere and on any device

Information Protection – Discover, protect, and control information contained in data in motion, data at rest, and data in use for organizations

Identity and Access Management – Simplify identity and access management for secure, compliant access to applications on-premises and in the cloud from any location or device

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Microsoft Baseline Configuration Analyzer 2.0

Microsoft Baseline Configuration Analyzer 2.0 (MBCA 2.0) can help you maintain optimal system configuration by analyzing configurations of your computers against a predefined set of best practices, and reporting results of the analyses. Best practices are developed by a product development team or domain experts, and are packaged in the form of a best practice model. Models are available as separately-downloadable packages that can be run and analyzed by MBCA. MBCA lets users work with best practice models in a consistent, user-friendly way.

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