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Microsoft’s Forefront Endpoint Protection – Is it “Good Enough”?

by Neil MacDonald  |  August 4, 2011  |  Comments Off on Microsoft’s Forefront Endpoint Protection – Is it “Good Enough”?

Licensing changes for Microsoft’s enterprise endpoint antimalware protection solution that were announced in March at Microsoft’s MMS conference take affect this month.

If you are licensed under Microsoft’s Core Client Access License program, it now includes CALs for Forefront Endpoint Protection. For many organizations that are already licensed under Core CAL, this means that FEP is essentially “free”.

I’ve been getting dozens of inquires from large and small organizations in the last 6 weeks on whether or not Forefront makes sense for them. However, “free” doesn’t mean no cost. First, you have to be licensed under Core CAL. Second, you have to consider the cost of deployment and testing as well as the cost of removing whatever you have in place. Also, Microsoft has no solution for non-Windows platforms (as you might expect) and many organizations will be forced to use another type of solution to protect these systems.

There are many other pros and cons which I go into detail for clients in this research note that I just published:

Microsoft’s Forefront Endpoint Protection: Good but not Great

For some organizations, FEP will be a good solution. For others, it will be a not be a good fit. Which are you?

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Neil MacDonald
VP & Gartner Fellow
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25 years IT industry

Neil MacDonald is a vice president, distinguished analyst and Gartner Fellow in Gartner Research. Mr. MacDonald is a member of Gartner's information security and privacy research team, focusing on operating system and application-level security strategies. Specific research areas include Windows security…Read Full Bio

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