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March 2004

The security improvements of Microsoft ISA Server 2004

WMDs, wardrobe malfunctions and Microsoft security. What do these three things have in common? They all suffer from poor public perception. Whether it's mythical weapons in Iraq, a bursting bustier at the Super Bowl or the failures of OS security, perception is king and can play a large part in purchasing. Well, at least when it comes to Microsoft products. Whether it's a buffer overflow in Internet Explorer or a new worm crippling Outlook, each successive security incident takes a toll on Microsoft's credibility. Microsoft is trying to make things better, though, both through improved code and a defense-in-depth strategy. To that end, Microsoft will release Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004 later this year. This isn't the same ISA Server 2000 you bought a couple of years ago. Microsoft has made many improvements, including an easier-to-use management interface, IPSec VPN (IPSec from site to site, anyway) and a remodeled application-layer firewall. (A beta version is available at http://www.microsoft.com/...

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