Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server (FPE) is set to expire. The date set to expire is December 31, 2015. Microsoft discontinued offering the product in 2012 — subscriptions will not end until December 31, 2015. Virus updates, signatures, and other updates will not be available after the date.
For those unfamiliar with Forefront; Forefront protection is a security solution developed by Microsoft. FPE is a tool used to protect Exchange servers against malware and spam in the administration console. These essential tools include monitoring, filtering, and custom configurations on an enterprise level. IT professionals will find this in the Microsoft Forefront Protection Server Management Console (FPSMSC).
Alternatives to this solution is Exchange Online Protection (EOP). If you’re still on some sort of Exchange Server 2013 basic EOP anti-malware is included. Those with Office 365 Exchange Online SKUs should not worry as EOP is standard across every single Office 365 mailbox.
If your company has any questions regarding Forefront Protection or Exchange Online Protection for your current Exchange setup. Contact an Office 365 Advisor today.