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Microsoft Planning Cloud Security Solutions

Software giant Microsoft is planning to offer security solutions to businesses that would help them move safely to the cloud.

According to CRN, the company is planning to make some changes to its channel partner program that will enable its partners to deliver security solutions for the cloud.

The company is planning to introduce the Forefront Identity Management competency for its partners in September.

John Thomas, director of worldwide sales for Microsoft's Enterprise Partner Group (EPG) said that the competency was only for partners that were working on Microsoft's Forefront Identity Manager (FIM) 2010.

He also said that the company is planning to release Practice Accelerators for FIM targeted at enterprise identity management. Active Directory Federated Services will also get enterprise federated identity tools.

Microsoft believes that partners, armed with adequate security tools, could help mitigate the security fears faced by companies looking to migrate to the cloud. This could easily increase the rate of cloud adoption.

“That's an opportunity for you to be a trusted advisor,” said Ward Ralston, director of server and cloud platform outbound marketing at Microsoft.