Looking Back: Top 10 Security Stories of 2009

By Ericka Chickowski  |  Print this article Print

In a year that proved difficult for many within the IT channel, IT security remained a hot commodity as buyers worked to comply with regulatory mandates that remain no matter how bad the economy spirals and threats that only continue to ramp up. Channel Insider takes a look at some of the biggest stories within security that resonated within the channel this year.

Microsoft launches new version of ForeFront

Microsoft picked up steam in its battle for relevance and legitimacy in the enterprise security market this year. The company reported that participation in the security competency within the Microsoft Partner Network increased by over 20 percent this year, with considerable channel pickup for the enterprise flagship, Microsoft Forefront. The company hopes to continue the trend with a refresh to Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 and Unified Access Gateway.

Microsoft also sweetened the pot for channel partners selling Forefront with the 2009 introduction of its Security Software Advisor (SSA) program, designed to reward security VARs for selling Forefront and packaging up the sale with other related Microsoft products.