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Microsoft Ending Its Forefront Web Protection Services Next Month

Microsoft's Forefront Threat Management Gateway Web Protection Services will be coming to an end next month.

The service will stop getting updates on Dec. 31, 2015, Microsoft noted, in a blog post this week. The discontinuation originally was announced back in 2012, when Microsoft explained its plans to end various Forefront enterprise security products.

Forefront Threat Management Gateway Web Protection Services is a subscription-based option for use with Microsoft's Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 product, adding URL filtering and antimalware protections. The Gateway product, like all Forefront products, also will be coming to an end. However, Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 will reach the end of its "extended support" lifecycle on April 14, 2020.

Apparently, Microsoft has no replacement solution for its Forefront Threat Management Gateway Web Protection Services, according to this Microsoft blog post, which shows no current solution for "Secure Web Gateway." However, organizations can use third-party cloud-based solutions instead, according to Microsoft MVP Richard Hicks.

Hicks noted a few years ago that Zscaler's cloud-based solution can be used to add security to Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010. It adds "URL filtering, dynamic Web content control, virus and malicious software scanning, and HTTPS inspection capabilities," he explained in a blog post.

As for the Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 product, substitutes can be had from Bluecoat, Cisco, Juniper and Websense, according to a Microsoft partner document (PDF).

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Kurt Mackie is senior news producer for 1105 Media's Converge360 group.

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