The public beta for Microsoft's new security software, Forefront, is now open. Get it here http://www.microsoft.com/forefront/default.mspx
Microsoft Forefront Client Security delivers unified protection from current and emerging malware, so you can feel confident that your business systems are better protected against a broad range of threats. Through a single agent, Forefront Client Security provides real-time detection and removal of spyware, rootkits, and other emerging threats, as well as traditional attacks such as viruses and worms.
Uber volunteer Dustin said he'll install it for us tonight so we can begin testing. One app tightly integrated into Active Directory to handle all malware ... sweet! I'm going to assume that Microsoft will give us charities a nice discount once Forefront comes out of beta ... and thus we'll say farewell to Symantec and Webroot. Actually, we're already saying goodbye to Webroot Spysweeper and switching to the free Microsoft Defender. I was planning to dump Symantec in favor of AVG or Sophos next year ... but will now wait to see how Forefront pans out.
I'm sure someone will comment about how macs don't get malware ... so let me just say that once it becomes profitable to infect a mac it will happen. If/when we get a mac for our dept, I'll be looking for anti-virus software to slap on it. Which raises a good question ... who are the leading anti-virus providers for the mac platform?