Security and management have traditionally existed as two separate disciplines, yet both play a central role in keeping your users safe and productive. Microsoft System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection (previously known as Forefront Endpoint Protection) allows you to consolidate desktop security and management in a single solution.
Built on System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection provides a single, integrated platform that reduces your IT management and operating costs, in many cases using your existing client management infrastructure to deploy and manage your endpoint protection. The unified infrastructure also provides improved visibility into the security and compliance of your client systems.
System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1) introduces support for Windows Server 2012, enabling you to take advantage of Windows Server 2012's cutting-edge features in a managed environment. Other more features include integration with Windows Azure Virtual Machines, 360 degree application monitoring through Global Service Monitor (GSM), and the REST OData API for integration with hosted service provider clouds.
Single console for endpoint management and security
Configuration Manager 2012 provides a single interface for managing and securing desktops that reduces complexity and improves reporting insights and troubleshooting. In the SP1 release, you can also take real-time administrative actions for tasks related to Endpoint Protection.
Central policy creation
Administrators have a central location for creating and applying all client related policies.
Use of the Configuration Manager 2012 infrastructure in System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection enables the efficient deployment of clients and policies in the largest organizations around the globe. Configuration Manager 2012 distribution points and automated deployment help organizations quickly update clients without relying on Windows Server Update Service (WSUS).
Highly accurate and efficient threat detection
The antimalware engine in System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection helps guard against the latest malware and root kits with a low false-positive rate, and keeps employees productive with scanning that has a low impact on performance.
Behavioral threat detection
System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection uses system behavior and file reputation data to identify and block attacks on client systems from previously unknown threats. Detection methods include behavior monitoring, the cloud-based Dynamic Signature Service, and dynamic translation.
Automated agent replacement
System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection automatically detects and removes the most common endpoint security agents, dramatically lowering the time and effort needed to deploy new protection.
Windows firewall management
System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection helps ensure that Windows firewall is active and working properly to protect against network-layer threats. It also enables administrators to more easily manage these protections across the enterprise.
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