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Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) released 

Posted By:  David Tesar 
Publish Date: 9/29/2009

MSE, a free consumer anti-malware program, has released their final version to the public today!  Already As an IT Pro, what can you expect from MSE and how does it compare to the Forefront equivalent?  For businesses, Forefront Client Security is the current released client anti-malware product and Forefront Endpoint Protection (FEP) 2010 is the next version slated to be released in H2 2010.

Similarities between MSE and FCS/FEP:

  • Same core protection engine which includes protection from viruses, spyware, and rootkits.
  • Uses the same telemetry data and global security response team
  • Updates signatures through Microsoft Update
  • Includes real-time threat signature updates “Dynamic Signature Service” (not included with FCS, but will be included with FEP)

Additional Business value from FCS/FEP, which MSE doesn’t have:

  • Management – FCS/FEP have extensive management capabilities with things like a management console and central location to distribute policies.  There is zero management with MSE.
  • Supported Operating systems – FCS supports server operating systems from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008 R2 as well as Windows 2000 clients.
  • NAP integration – FCS/FEP integrates with Network Access Protection in your environment to quarantine and remediate clients to have access to your network.
  • Reporting -  are provided with key information on the security state of your environment as well as a snapshot of top trends and issues.  Administrators can use this data to take action against threats or to communicate the details of the system’s security status to management.
  • Dynamic Response - FEP will have a significant enhanced capability over FCS which will enable it to share security assessments with the rest of the Forefront Protection Suite and dynamically take actions to remediate threats.

Download MSE
Watch a video demo of MSE in action and other MSE videos
Watch the setup-install-configuration screen-shot video walk through (12 min)