Microsoft’s Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) is a network security and protection solution for enterprise users. It has traditionally been a key component of various Microsoft application deployments including Lync, SharePoint and Exchange. A principle benefit of TMG has been that it offers customers a way of publishing and protecting workload servers-particularly in Internet facing scenarios. In these environments a clean separation between the Internet and critical datacenter infrastructure is required.
TMG provides this capability through an integrated solution featuring threat protection technologies including URL filtering, HTTPS inspection, malware protection, and signature-based detection of known operating system and application vulnerabilities. Advantages of a TMG deployment include:
- Secured access to approved content
- Enhanced enterprise network security
- Lowered liability risk by content based filtering
With Microsoft’s announcement that the TMG family of products are end-of-sale Citrix recommends the use of NetScaler application delivery controllers as a replacement. NetScaler provides all the feature and benefits of TMG plus much more. NetScaler is also deployed in a similar manner within the network for ease of-installation.