McAfee SaaS Email Protection & Continuity

McAfee SaaS Email Protection & Continuity

Keep your business connected and secure


As a cloud-based service, McAfee SaaS Email Protection and Continuity delivers access to world-class email security with no hardware or software to buy, no backups to run, and no maintenance to perform — saving money and freeing up resources to focus on more strategic tasks.

Complete inbound email filtering — The combination of McAfee Global Threat Intelligence, our proprietary WormTraq technology, over 20 separate filters, ClickProtect for click-time link scanning including proactive advanced antimalware capabilities, and our gray/bulk mail filtering capabilities protects against the world’s latest threats, defeating zero-hour attacks, and blocking phishing, advanced malware, and over 99% of spam well before they reach your network.

Comprehensive outbound email protection — Stay true to regulatory and company policies by properly identifying and handling malware, inappropriate emails, unauthorized content, and company-private information before it leaves the network. Hosted mailbox users of Microsoft Office 365 and Google Apps for Business can also easily leverage these outbound email protection capabilities.

Continuity for outage protection — Email is the engine of productivity, and downtime directly impacts the bottom line. SaaS Email Protection and Continuity gives you peace of mind that your employees can remain productive during email server outages with continuous email storage, access, and use.

Easy email administration — Regardless of whether you manage your own email server, or have a hosted solution such as Google Apps for Business or Microsoft Office 365, anywhere access to the web-based administrative and reporting portal allows you to set policies and quarantine parameters, configure routing, monitor activity, query for email disposition, and more. Plus, you’ll receive 24/7 monitoring and customer support from McAfee security experts.

McAfee offers you the flexibility to choose the level of protection that is best for you.

 McAfee SaaS
Email Protection
& Continuity
McAfee SaaS
Inbound Filtering
Infrastructure & Operational Services
24/7 Support
Capacity & Performance Management
Automatic Maintenance & Upgrades
ISO 27001 Certified Data Centers
Monthly, Annual, Multi-Year Subscription
Administration & End User Support
Message Audit
15+ End User Language Support
Security Connected
Microsoft Office 365 and Google Apps Compatible
Email Security
McAfee Global Threat Intelligence
Inbound Spam & Phishing Protection
Graymail filtering
Inbound Malware Protection
Outbound Malware Protection  
Outbound Policy Enforcement  
TLS Encryption  
Email Spooling  
Continuous Email Access  
Email Encryption (Push/Pull Encryption, Pre-Built DLP Rules, Document Registration, Attachment Content Scanning (300+ File Types))  
Email Archiving
Intelligent Routing

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Features & Benefits

Focus on your core business

Streamline email management via our unified web-based administrative console. Automatic and continuous updates free IT staff from day-to-day threat management, so they can focus on strategic projects that drive your business forward.

Get email protection from the security experts

Obtain comprehensive email protection and availability as a turnkey service. At McAfee, security is our only focus. All detection, filtering, quarantine, backup, and recovery functions are located and managed at our secure facilities.

Block threats before they reach your network

Stop email attacks with real-time monitoring and analysis of incoming traffic, while concealing critical messaging gateways and shielding email servers. McAfee SaaS Email Protection and Continuity works in the cloud, using in-memory filtering, to block more than 99% of spam, viruses, worms, phishing scams, and fraudulent emails outside your network. Triple virus and worm scanning block malware with industry-leading low false-positive rates.

Filter emails in real time with a proxy-based approach

Get intelligent email processing that virtually eliminates risk of loss associated with system outages, message interception, or corruption from an infected email base. McAfee SaaS Email Protection leverages a proxy-based filtering approach that filters email in real time which, unlike the store-and-forward method used by other providers, does not write and store email messages to disk before forwarding them on to the recipient. The process acknowledges the inbound email traffic, immediately opens a connection to the recipient email server, and filters the message as it flows through the network stream environment and into your messaging system.

Keep users from clicking on malicious links within emails

McAfee ClickProtect, a feature of SaaS Email Protection and Continuity, helps you eliminate the phishing and malware threats from embedded URLs within an email message. As a core feature of the solution, it checks for changes in URL intent occurring between the time the message is scanned (scan-time), regardless of how harmless it may have appeared, and when the URL is clicked by a user (click-time). A safe-preview is provided to the end user, along with a full proactive behavioral analysis via emulation of the URL content leveraging the same antimalware technology in McAfee Web Protection. Administrators have flexibility to configure scan-time and click-time policies, create custom warning notifications, and enable URL emulation to protect users from the click. Forensic reporting of every URL-related event provides administrators unprecedented control and decision support.

Use graymail filtering to further reduce unwanted email

Unwanted mail could be legitimate bulk mail that was once solicited by the user, but now no longer wanted (i.e., industry newsletters and notifications), and may represent a significant nuisance to recipients. By using graymail filters, administrators can set graymail policies for individuals or groups, and even permit end users to enable this capability to keep mailboxes clear of graymail.

Automatically filter outbound emails to protect you and your recipients

Filter outbound email to protect your clients against malware, and to inspect outbound emails and attachments for inappropriate or company-private content, protecting your company against loss of sensitive information and potential legal liability. SaaS Email Protection and Continuity includes keyword filtering, attachment filtering, archive and compressed file integrity filtering, spam beacon and web bug detection and blocking, and multilevel HTML shield and content protection.

Encrypt sensitive company data to maintain compliance with privacy and security regulations

Protect your confidential outbound email with Transport Layer Security (TLS) , a feature that provides gateway-to-gateway encryption without disrupting the day-to-day workflow of your employees. The addition of McAfee SaaS Email Encryption enables easy-to-use, cloud-based encryption and built-in data loss prevention rules to help further ensure secure confidential information delivery.

Ensure easy management through Active Directory integration

Synchronize your account information for users and groups through the Directory Services Connector, eliminating the need to manually make changes in either the corporate Active Directory (AD) or your McAfee SaaS system.

Guarantee business continuity

Activate a secure, easy-to-use web interface for your users and administrators to compose, send, receive, and manage emails during any mail server outage or disaster with uninterrupted protection for all inbound and outbound messages. When your mail exchange server comes online again, McAfee intelligently synchronizes and delivers an accurate record of up to 60 rolling days of outage-period message activity.

Get a scalable, robust solution

Filtering billions of messages each month for organizations around the globe, McAfee SaaS Email Protection supports email networks of any size, in any location. The distributed design provides for geographic system deployment and its decoupled components allow for independent scaling or grouping. Our scalable systems architecture supports increased volume and growth; its fault-tolerant, multiple data centers handle excess capacity; and individual elements of the architecture can be scaled in response to traffic requirements. Effortless integration with all business networks is possible through the solutions’ native Internet standards support for SMTP, LDAP, MIME, XML-RPC web services API, LDAP/POP3 authentication, LDAP subscriber queries, and SQL interfaces.

Integrate flexible email routing

Keep multiple email domains in order. McAfee SaaS Email Intelligent Routing is an optional, cloud-based service that seamlessly adds new local domains to your existing public-facing domain, and redirects email to the appropriate servers and recipients. It simplifies email administration, lowers operating costs, and keeps your brand intact.

Archive email in the cloud

Add on McAfee SaaS Email Archiving, an optional, cloud-based service that simplifies email searches and eases archiving administration with a cost-effective solution that doesn’t require additional hardware or software. SaaS Email Archiving uses the same management console as McAfee SaaS Email Protection and Continuity.

System Requirements

You will need your own email domain, such as; a static IP address or hostname that resolves to an IP address; and a dedicated mail server, either in-house or hosted by an ISP.

Activation starts with a simple mail exchanger (MX) record redirection. You can begin filtering using pre-established default settings, or you can easily fine-tune the settings to your specifications through our intuitive web-based administration console.

Demos / Videos


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 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.

SC Magazine Best Buy
McAfee Email Protection Gets 5-stars and SC Best Buy Recognition, 2013

For the second year in a row, McAfee Email Protection earned SC Magazine’s Five-Star Award and Best Buy Rating. “Strengths: Easy to configure and manage, and loaded with predefined templates for security and compliance. Weaknesses: None that we found.”

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.

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.

Virus Bulletin
McAfee Email Security Products Receive VBSpam Awards

Virus Bulletin awarded McAfee SaaS Email Protection, McAfee Email and Web Security Appliance, and McAfee Email Gateway with VBSpam Awards, noting the products’ high spam catch rates and low false positive rates.

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.

Customer Stories

City of Kenosha

The City of Kenosha uses cloud-based email and web security solutions, easing security installation, updates, and maintenance tasks for its three-person IT department.

  • Comprehensive protection from the latest email- and Internet-borne malware
  • Low cost through cloud-based, subscription services
  • IT team is freed from burden of installing, updating, and maintaining hardware and software

CuraSeal, Inc.

This medical device maker eliminates spam and phishing emails after switching to McAfee cloud-based email security.

  • Eliminated phishing and spam.
  • Protection for email on mobile devices.
  • Able to focus on strategic projects instead of email attacks.


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

Shiloh Service Inc.

This managed services company uses McAfee Security-as-a-Service products to provide clients with dependable, effective solutions.

  • Significant reduction in malware attacks on client networks
  • Tremendous time savings through automatic updating and centralized management
  • Service provider can grow the business without increasing headcount


Managed service provider Technologyville secures clients' cloud services with McAfee SaaS products.

  • Increases productivity and saves time for both Technologyville and end user clients
  • Minimizes risk to business reputation, operations, and productivity from cyberattacks or email server outages
  • Reduces total cost of ownership and provides flexibility to easily add and subtract users
  • Facilitates compliance with automatic email archiving and encryption options



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.

Data Sheets

McAfee SaaS Email Protection and Continuity

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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.


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.

McAfee Delivers Comprehensive Threat Protection for the Financial Services Industry

This solution brief explains how the McAfee Security Connected approach provides advanced threat protection for the financial services industry and prevents targeted attacks.

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.