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Microsoft End Point Protection. Better but not enough.



Microsoft has recently announced (September, 2012) the end of life (EOL) of many of its Forefront security products. It is evident that Microsoft is de-emphasizing its security offerings. The Forefront protection suite has long been a loss-leader as Microsoft bundled it in eCAL licensing and offered it for “free” as long as customers subscribed to Software Assurance. This EOL is an acknowledgement that Forefront, in particular the anti-malware components, are not of significant value to Microsoft, let alone the market. Microsoft’s message to current customers with Enterprise Client Access Licenses (eCAL) is that System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection (previously known as Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010) is FREE. From Microsoft’s documentation:

“The convergence of client management and security eliminates the expense of purchasing and maintaining separate solutions by allowing you to remove existing endpoint protection solutions and repurpose those resources elsewhere.”

Is Microsoft’s endpoint protection truly “free” or are there hidden costs? Should you really eliminate your third party AV solution? I don't think so. Read this just published white paper (no contact data collection) on the hidden costs of using Microsoft EPP.

Early Praise for UP and to the RIGHT!

The early reviews are in! It has been 24 days since UP and to the RIGHT: Strategy and Tactics of Analyst Influence was published. In that short time the response has been overwhleming.

Every writer hopes his words will be read and appreciated.  I have been floored by the positive response to UP and to the RIGHT in the three short weeks since it was published. Take a look at the praise the book is receiving:

The very first unsolicited reaction was from Steve Blood, a Gartner VP Research, he tweeted:

 Just finished reading @stiennon Up and to the right. IMHO as one still on the inside, a must read for any AR or Mkting pro

And then another Gartner analyst, Dr. Anton Chuvakin, VP Research at Gartner, wrote a full review here.

Chuvakin, universally acknowledged as a tough reviewer, used the term “awesomeness”  when he first tweeted about the book. In his review he said  "I wish every vendor client read this book and followed some of the advice given there."

Anton Chuvakin.  Just finished reading @stiennon book ( …) and it is full of awesomeness. Go UP and to the RIGHT!!

That was followed by a rave review by Ben Rothke posted to Slashdot of all places. You can read it here.

Launch of IT-Harvest Press

On July 3, 2012 we launched a new business. IT-Harvest Press publishes books and multi-media digital content.

Our first publication is UP and to the RIGHT: Strategy and Tactics of Analyst Influence, available on

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