McAfee Email Protection

McAfee Email Protection

Advanced phishing protection for mailboxes, anywhere

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The SANS Institute estimates that 95% of all enterprise attacks begin with targeted spear-phishing attempts. These attacks often result in exfiltration of vital corporate data. Research shows that users continue to be susceptible to social engineering, and clever cybercriminals are turning to sophisticated technical tactics to disguise their exploits. McAfee Email Protection thwarts these phishing attempts with enterprise-grade security for mailboxes, regardless of whether they reside on premises or on Microsoft Office 365 Exchange Online, Gmail, or other hosted email platforms.

McAfee Email Protection prevents email attacks and minimizes the risk of zero-hour phishing exploits by inspecting embedded links with ClickProtect, featuring the industry’s number-one rated gateway anti-malware engine. ClickProtect rescans the contents of an embedded link when clicked and emulates the destination URL contents. Users may be presented with a safe preview showing the unmasked URL and a live screen shot of the destination web page. This preview provides ongoing reinforcement of anti-phishing education, and allows the user to decide whether to abort the operation. Anti-phishing protection follows emails everywhere they go, including mobile devices.

McAfee Email Protection also:

  • Proactively intercepts emails that come from suspicious sources, have dangerous files attached, or contain links leading to suspicious websites with ClickProtect and McAfee Global Threat Intelligence.
  • Reduces the probability of network infiltration by advanced persistent threats through in-depth static code (reverse engineering) and dynamic analysis (sandboxing) of email attachments through integration with McAfee Advanced Threat Defense.
  • Prevents data compromise while eliminating the need to implement separate solutions with built-in data loss prevention features including encryption, file fingerprinting, and compliance templates.
  • Provides assurance of continuous email communication without disruption with email continuity.

McAfee Email Protection provides the ultimate in security and flexibility. Deploy McAfee Email Protection any way you want, wherever you want. Flexible deployment options — cloud-based (SaaS), on-premises as a hardware or virtual appliance, or a hybrid combination — dramatically cut costs, increase management efficiency, and accommodates growth. With McAfee Email Protection, you can deploy what you need now or easily adapt to future changes in your email environment.

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Phishing quiz results

Lessons learned from a global assessment

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Demos / Videos


McAfee Email Protection empowers you to deploy email security the way that best fits your current and future needs.

The majority of successful attacks on businesses begin with a phishing email. ClickProtect, a feature of McAfee Email Protection, uses the McAfee Gateway Anti-Malware engine to detect malicious content behind URLs found in email messages. This demonstration walks through how to configure ClickProtect, and shows several examples of what an end-user will experience with this feature enabled.

This demo will show you how to configure ClickProtect in three simple steps. ClickProtect is the click-time link scanning feature in McAfee Email Protection that helps you elevate your level of protection against phishing and advanced malware.

This demo shows administrators how to quickly locate email messages using McAfee Email Protection.


This demo video introduces ClickProtect, a feature of McAfee Email Protection that helps you eliminate the threats from embedded URLs within an email message.

Awards / Reviews

Magic Quadrant for Secure Email Gateways, 2015

Gartner recognizes Intel Security as a visionary in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Secure Email Gateways, as published on June 29, 2015.

SC Magazine Reader Trust Award
McAfee Email Protection Named Winner of SC Magazine Reader Trust Award

The Reader Trust Award is unique because it represents the voice of the people who are using these products and services every day,” says Illena Armstrong, vice president of editorial at SC Magazine. “McAfee Email Protection was chosen as the Email Security winner for its ability to meet and exceed the needs of its customers.

Readers’ Choice Award
McAfee Email Protection Named Email Security Readers’ Choice Award Winner

Readers’ Choice Award winners are selected based on an extensive, in-depth survey of Information Security magazine and readers. It includes over 1,700 information security executives and managers, who are asked to assess and rate products deployed within their organizations from a listing of more than 400 products spanning 22 product categories. McAfee Email Protection was awarded best email security.

SC Magazine 5-star
McAfee Email Protection Awarded 5-stars by SC Best Buy Recognition, 2014

For the third year in a row, McAfee Email Protection earned SC Magazine’s Five-Star Rating. “Strengths: ClickProtect and Threat Detection features are great additions to an already full-featured email security platform.”

SC Magazine Innovator
McAfee and McAfee Email Protection Named as Industry Innovator by SC Magazine, 2013

SC Magazine has named McAfee and McAfee Email Protection as an Industry Innovator.

CRN Ranks McAfee in their 2013 Top 25 Best Companies to Partner With
CRN Ranks McAfee in their 2013 Top 25 Best Companies to Partner With

Ranked by IT solution providers (SPs), CRN Research ranks the Top 25 must-have technology suppliers from a list of nearly 230 companies in 12 product categories that SPs need to consider when formalizing their partnerships today and for the future. 1,000 unique SPs of all types and sizes were surveyed.

McAfee: 2013 Top 20 Coolest Cloud Security Vendors
McAfee Named One of the 20 Coolest Cloud Security Vendors by CRN, 2013

Established security player McAfee has embraced cloud security that includes protection for email, web, and identity authentication traffic.

SC Magazine Innovator
McAfee and McAfee Email Protection Named as Industry Innovator by SC Magazine, 2012

What does characterize McAfee as an Innovator is its approach to the most important aspect of innovation: how one thinks. The Network Security Business Unit — the home of McAfee Email Protection — is solidly ensconced in the type of thinking process that results in innovative solutions to difficult, and occasionally obscure, information assurance challenges.

Forrester Research Named McAfee a Leader in "The Forrester Wave: Email Content Security, Q4 2012"

Premier analyst firm Forrester Research, Inc. has named McAfee a leader in “The Forrester Wave™: Email Content Security, Q4 2012.” We consider this a testament to the strength, stability, flexibility, and effectiveness of McAfee’s email protection solutions.

SC Magazine Best Buy
McAfee Email Protection Gets 5-stars and SC Best Buy Recognition, 2012

The Holy Grail of IT products is one that is low cost, easy to use, and offers a rich feature set. McAfee Email Protection easily fits those criteria in the email security and content filtering space. Verdict: An absolutely brilliant product. We make it our Best Buy.

McAfee Named One of the 20 Coolest Cloud Security Vendors by CRN, 2012

The Intel-owned security company has been preaching cloud security measures since before the cloud truly formed. McAfee’s central cloud piece is the Cloud Security Platform, which secures content and data—e-mail, Web and identity—as it moves to and from the cloud.

SC Magazine 2012 Awards Finalist
McAfee Email Protection Named a Finalist (Best Email Security 2012) by SC Magazine

McAfee Email Protection was selected as a finalist for SC Magazine’s Best Email Security award. The category highlights products that address the ability to exchange email messages securely, ensure the privacy of messages, and more. McAfee Email Protection was evaluated on its effectiveness, manageability, non-intrusiveness, ease of use, and other factors that impact the implementation.

SC Magazine 2011
McAfee Email Protection Earns Prestigious 5-Star Rating from SC Magazine, 2011

With five stars across the board in every product rating category, McAfee Email Protection was awarded the top 5-Star Rating by SC Magazine – measured on its features, ease of use, performance, documentation, support and value for the money.

SC Magazine 2009 Awards Winner
McAfee Email Gateway Wins Best Email Security Solution, 2009

SC Magazine says McAfee Email Gateway is “a true market leader.”

Virus Bulletin
McAfee Email Gateway Receives VB Spam Gold Award, 2009

In a recent test, Virus Bulletin says, “This was the only product in the test that was configured to scan the contents of incoming email during the SMTP transaction and block those emails it was certain were spam. ... Helped by this two-layered blocking, the product’s spam catch rate of 99.60% was higher than that of any other.”


McAfee Email Gateway
McAfee Email Gateway

McAfee Email Gateway delivers total email protection for enterprises. It integrates inbound and outbound defenses, streamlines compliance, simplifies administration, and lowers operating costs.

McAfee SaaS Email Protection & Continuity
McAfee SaaS Email Protection & Continuity

McAfee SaaS Email Protection and Continuity blocks more than 99% of spam, viruses, and other malware in the cloud, before it reaches your network. Enforcing outgoing email policies and enabling email access during outages, it’s an easy-to-use solution that requires no additional hardware, software, or maintenance.

McAfee Advanced Threat Defense
McAfee Advanced Threat Defense (Optional)

McAfee Advanced Threat Defense detects today’s stealthy, zero-day malware with an innovative, layered approach. It combines low-touch antivirus signatures, reputation, and real-time emulation defenses with in-depth static code and dynamic, malware analysis (sandboxing) to analyze the actual behavior of malware.

McAfee SaaS Email Archiving
McAfee SaaS Email Archiving (Optional)

McAfee SaaS Email Archiving simplifies email searches and eases archive administration with a cost-effective solution that doesn’t require additional hardware or software.

McAfee SaaS Email Encryption
McAfee SaaS Email Encryption (Optional)

McAfee SaaS Email Encryption is a cloud-based solution that helps encrypt valuable information, allowing you to maintain a stronger business and comply with privacy regulations.

Customer Stories


This digital marketing agency boosts email security for Microsoft Office 365 with McAfee SaaS Email Protection and Continuity.

Major U.S. State Government

State Government Places its Trust in Intel Security for IT Consolidation Within this US state government, the Office of Technology is the central IT organization, serving almost 400 executive, judicial, and legislative agencies, which, in turn, administer programs for 4.4 million citizens. The Office of Technology oversees a network linking 1,500 locations and 35,000 users across the state.


Sicredi, one of Brazil’s largest credit union systems, consolidated their comprehensive security environment with Intel Security.


Data Sheets

McAfee Content Security Reporter

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McAfee Email Protection

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McAfee SaaS Email Protection and Continuity

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McAfee Email Gateway

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McAfee SaaS Email Archiving

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McAfee SaaS Email Security

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Comparison of Leading Email Encryption Techniques

This specifications sheet introduces some common considerations and its benefits and challenges for each of the leading email encryption techniques available.

McAfee SaaS Email Encryption Service

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Transitioning to McAfee SaaS Email Protection from Postini

Get answers to commonly asked questions about transitioning to McAfee SaaS Email Protection from Postini.


Phishing Deceives the Masses

See the 2014 results of the McAfee Phishing Quiz, an online assessment of business users’ ability to detect phishing emails. This data spans from over 30,000 respondents in 49 countries.

Go Hybrid with Your Email Security

Data confidentiality is often cited as a reason not to move email security to the cloud, but there is a solution. Learn how an integrated layered email security approach is helping organizations be more secure, operationally efficient, and cost efficient all without sacrifice to confidentiality.

To Click or Not to Click, That is The Question

Deceiving email users to click on links is one of the most successful tactics in phishing scams. Learn how widespread this threat is and how a user’s knowledge is reflected in their actions.


Magic Quadrant for Secure Email Gateways

Gartner recognizes Intel Security as a visionary in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Secure Email Gateways, as published on June 29, 2015.

[Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.]

Phishing Deceives the Masses: Lessons Learned from a Global Assessment

This report reviews the lessons learned from the McAfee Phishing Quiz. At the time of this report, over 50,000 business users in 49 countries have completed the quiz and the results are enlightening.

Solution Briefs

Hybrid Email Security: Maintain privacy while gaining benefits of the cloud

Information confidentiality and reduced configuration flexibility are often cited as reasons for not taking advantage of cloud-based email security. This brief discusses how hybrid security can enable organizations with these concerns to enjoy the benefits of the cloud without sacrifice.

Strengthen the Security of Office 365

Learn about how McAfee Email Protection solutions can be implemented with Microsoft Office 365 for a comprehensive, layered defense against threats.

SPF, DKIM, and DMARC Demystified: The what, why, and how of email sender identity technologies

This paper discusses the what, why, and how of email sender identity technologies. When properly implemented and incorporated into your email security strategy, SPF, DKIM, and DMARC can go a long way towards securing email, your most valuable communications tool.

Optimize Your Email Security

McAfee is a leader in the email security market, delivering optimal email security solutions for any enterprise. Learn what you need to consider as you decide which type of deployment — cloud, hybrid, or on-premises — is best suited for your business.

White Papers

Best Practices for Dealing with Phishing and Next-Generation Malware

To combat phishing attempts and next-generation malware, organizations of all sizes should consider a variety of issues related to security. This Osterman white paper shows trends in how malware infiltrates organizations, efficacy of security technology and user training, and a variety of actions that organizations should undertake.

Best Practices for Migrating to Office 365

This white paper is intended to help decision makers understand the implications of migrating to Microsoft Office 365 and offers practical advice for doing so. It also provides data from a survey of current and prospective Office 365-enabled organizations conducted specifically for this white paper in March 2015.

Microsoft Office 365 for the Enterprise: How to Strengthen Security, Compliance and Control - Osterman Research

Despite the range of functionality offered in Office 365, like any cloud-based offering, it cannot be all things to all customers. There are some missing features in Office 365 that will prompt some customers to consider the use of third-party, cloud-based, or on-premise tools to enhance Office 365’s native capabilities. In this white paper, Osterman Research dives into the current limitations of Office 365 with recommendations on how organizations can strengthen security, compliance, and control in their environment.

Email Encryption Made Simple

Organization-to-organization, pull delivery, and push delivery offer a range of options to satisfy most organizations’ requirements for encrypted email. All three options are nicely integrated into email security solutions from McAfee and require minimal administrative overhead to implement.

How Cybercriminals Make Money With Your Email

Learn about the key issues that organizations should address in the context of cybercrime delivered through email, and practical advice on what organizations should do to protect themselves.

Three Steps to Get Started with Email DLP

This white paper discusses the need to identify and manage outbound content and the steps that organizations should consider in doing so.



Threats and Risks