McAfee Server Security Suite Essentials

McAfee Server Security Suite Essentials

Foundational server security for physical, virtual, and cloud deployments

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McAfee Server Security Suite Essentials delivers foundational server security protection and management for physical, virtual, and cloud deployments, enabling you to discover workloads for complete security visibility, protect workloads with desired security policies, and expand workloads into the cloud with automatic provisioning of security policies.

Protect your servers, from physical to virtual to cloud.
SANS Whitepaper: Protecting Virtual Endpoints with McAfee Server Security Suite Essentials

Features & Benefits

Core antivirus for physical servers

Get core anti-malware for Windows and Linux servers using McAfee VirusScan Enterprise and McAfee VirusScan Enterprise for Linux. Deploy a highly effective set of core capabilities designed to block threats at the traditional endpoint. McAfee has earned a #1 ranking by NSS Labs against zero-day exploits and evasion attacks.

Optimized virtualization security

Get security optimized for virtualized environments, including your virtual machines in the private cloud using McAfee MOVE AntiVirus. McAfee Server Security Suite Essentials provides virus protection for virtual servers without compromising performance or security, helping you to realize operational returns and more effective security management. McAfee Server Security Suite Essentials supports multiple hypervisors. Integration with VMware NSX now provides customers with automatic deployment of McAfee Security Virtual Appliances from the VMware NSX console.

Full visibility of virtual machines

Discover and manage not only physical servers but also hypervisors and virtual machines in VMware vSphere, Amazon Web Services, OpenStack, and Microsoft Azure through McAfee Data Center Connectors. Automatically discover when virtual machines are provisioned and automatically protect them with appropriate security policies.

Create trusted compute tools

With the integration of McAfee Boot Attestation Service, utilizing Intel Trusted Execution Technology (TXT), the Essentials suite can determine the trustworthiness of VMware ESXi hypervisors and then display the trust status on the McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator console.

Hardware-assisted security

Protect against the most advanced rootkits targeting physical servers with McAfee Deep Defender. Our partnership with Intel allows McAfee to deliver hardware-assisted security and provide visibility into stealth malware infections — malware that is quietly spreading and evading current OS-based security solutions.

Protect from intrusions

McAfee Host Intrusion Prevention provides the benefits of safeguarding against complex security threats that may otherwise be unintentionally introduced. It prevents intrusions, protects assets, and defends your company against known and emerging exploits, including zero-day attacks. With this stronger protection against exploits that targets new vulnerabilities, your IT staff has more time for planning, testing, and deploying patches.

Centralized management

McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator provides single-pane manageability for physical and virtual servers, including those in the private and public cloud for greater security visibility. The single-console environment provides comprehensive management for all McAfee server security capabilities and lowers the total cost of ownership. All components of McAfee Server Security Suite Essentials are tightly integrated with the McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (McAfee ePO) security management platform for efficiently centralized risk assessment, security management, and incident resolution.

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McAfee Server Security Suite Essentials

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eBook: Securing the Evolving Datacenter

This report highlights ways security technologies and services are evolving to provide the visibility and control needed to deploy workloads flexibly in the evolving datacenter, which spans both private and public clouds.

Evolving Your Data Center? Evolve Your Data Center Security

Traditional technologies for securing the evolving enterprise data center are being adapted by leading solution providers to work across a broad range of datacenter deployment scenarios. Enterprise buyers should look for solution providers that have explicitly adapted their solutions to work together in a layered, defense-in-depth approach for data center security.

Solution Briefs

Data Center Server Security Suites

McAfee Data Center Server Security Suites deliver the industry’s first comprehensive solution for securing mission-critical services in today’s mixed physical and virtual environments.

Expand Virtualization, Maintain Security

McAfee Management for Optimized Virtual Environments AntiVirus (McAfee MOVE AntiVirus) tailors security systems to the special technical and management requirements of virtualization.

Securing the Next-Generation Data Center

Learn how to implement security at outset of a data center build-out, upgrade, or consolidation for maximum flexibility and advanced threat reduction.

Solution Guide Addendum for Payment Card Industry (PCI)

McAfee has security solutions for compute, storage and network that help enable PCI compliance through a layered security model. Solutions like vCloud Networking and Security integration with McAfee’s Network Security platform provide visibility and security policy enforcement for interVM traffic.

White Papers

Discover. Protect. Expand.

Modern hybrid data centers, which embrace physical, virtual, and cloud servers, require a new security mindset. The biggest challenges faced by IT in this type of environment is workload discovery, comprehensive security with minimal performance impact, and management. This white paper offers insights into how McAfee Server Security Suites tackles all of these challenges and provides better visibility across the entire enterprise data center.

SANS Whitepaper: Protecting Virtual Endpoints with McAfee Server Security Suite Essentials

Migrating data to the cloud has led to a hybrid system with both physical and virtual systems, often leaving precious data exposed. Learn how McAfee Sever Security Suite Essentials secures data and closes exposure gaps.

From Silicon to the Data: A Multi-Point Approach for Protecting Cloud Environments

Intel and McAfee, along with industry partners, are providing comprehensive solutions to better address the challenges of security for cloud computing.



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