McAfee “Security Connected” Initiative Driven by Consumerization of IT, Virtualization Deployments, Web 2.0 Threats and Increased Mobility within Businesses
LAS VEGAS, October 12, 2010 - FOCUS 2010 – McAfee, Inc. (NYSE:MFE), today unveiled its “Security Connected” initiative, enabling partners, developers and customers to apply a more intelligent, effective and sustainable approach to securing digital information. As part of its Security Connected initiative, McAfee is announcing the first two of four new connected security platforms, McAfee Endpoint Security 9 and McAfee Security Management 5.
With threats sharply on the rise in both quantity and complexity, an uncertain economic environment, and an insatiable desire to deploy new, more competitive computing models, IT organizations can no longer sustain the traditional model of tacking on new security products for every new threat. By connecting mobile with endpoint security, network security, content security, and the cloud, McAfee is coordinating security defenses to enable businesses to be more agile. McAfee offers organizations correlated and comprehensive intelligence which in turn dramatically reduces risk, enhances their security posture, helps meet compliance regulations, and drives up operational efficiencies.
Security too often is being driven from different silos within businesses - from mobile devices, PCs, and tablets, to mission-critical networks, servers, hosted applications, cloud services, virtual machines, and databases - bringing dozens or hundreds of different security technologies and disparate management paradigms with them. More often than not, there is no correlation or integration making security very expensive, inflexible and ineffective to manage and maintain. Today, businesses require more than just security technologies, they need integrated intelligent security that provides a global view of threats, vulnerabilities, and the countermeasures to address them. Businesses are moving from securing components to understanding and measuring the security of a business as a whole.
“The IT landscape is rapidly changing,” said Chris Christiansen, vice president, security products and services at IDC. “Virtualization of servers and endpoints, shifting of data and services to the cloud, and the consumerization of IT is creating new holes in previously protected systems and networks. This is a fundamental shift from even just a few years ago when the bifurcation points between business and personal, outside and inside, and us and them was more visible.”
Enabling Businesses Through Security
By taking a connected approach, McAfee is moving security from a perceived business inhibitor to a true business enabler. Applying “Security Connected” principles and vision, IT professionals can more confidently say “yes” to new applications and approaches.
McAfee Security Connected components include:
“Disjointed point products simply don’t work for today’s businesses,” said George Kurtz, chief technology officer, McAfee, Inc. “Security is now mission-critical and strategic to the business. It needs to be connected and correlated, with shared intelligence, and centrally managed. Products still need to be best-of-breed, without trading off quality, and IT needs to be empowered to say ‘yes’ to data and applications, at any time, on any device, from any location.”
McAfee believes that the changes in business today will require the move from simply securing components, to understanding and measuring security more holistically. Security needs have morphed and now require a more connected approach. To address this requirement, McAfee has introduced two new platform offerings to advance its “Security Connected” vision and initiative: McAfee Endpoint Security 9 and McAfee Security Management 5.
McAfee Endpoint Security 9
Provides protection anywhere, anytime on any device including desktops, servers, virtual machines, mobile devices and embedded systems. With its new integrated Endpoint Security platform, McAfee now delivers “Security Connected” for the full range of traditional and emerging endpoints to help organizations keep up with the increasingly complex IT environment.
McAfee Security Management 5
A new comprehensive centralized management platform that delivers proactive risk management, integration with business operations, and coordinated security defenses. It provides a full risk profile across multiple security layers, vendors, products and solutions resulting in a dramatically enhanced security posture, lower operational costs and a “Security Connected” approach to understanding the threat landscape and managing business risk.
To learn more about McAfee Security Connected, visit www.mcafee.com/securityconnected.
About McAfee, Inc.
McAfee, Inc., headquartered in Santa Clara, California, is the world's largest dedicated security technology company. McAfee delivers proactive and proven solutions and services that help secure systems, networks, and mobile devices around the world, allowing users to safely connect to the Internet, browse and shop the Web more securely. Backed by unrivaled Global Threat Intelligence, McAfee creates innovative products that empower home users, businesses, the public sector and service providers by enabling them to prove compliance with regulations, protect data, prevent disruptions, identify vulnerabilities, and continuously monitor and improve their security. McAfee secures your digital world. http://www.mcafee.com
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McAfee Endpoint Security Platform:
“One of the major benefits of consolidating our infrastructure on McAfee was the ability for us to streamline and consolidate our security vendors to drive lower total cost of ownership as well as improved our overall protection. Our security infrastructure has become more efficient and effective due to the product integration, single management platform and global threat intelligence that McAfee consistently delivers.”
-- Brad Blake, chief technology officer, Boston Medical Center
“Technology drivers such as virtualization, consumerization of IT, and SaaS sourced solutions, have forced us to re-think our approach to risk management and operational security. McAfee’s solution provides the tools we need to better understand the threat landscape, our vulnerabilities, and the relevant countermeasures, translating to more effective risk management. It allows easier integration of new technologies to support IT initiatives and drive business results.”
-- Stephen Polinsky - Manager, IT Governance, Express
“To date, the cumulative stacking of security software has had a substantial negative impact on computer performance. Malware scanning both on-access and on-demand have caused measurable impacts for which we receive customer complaints. Efforts are ongoing to continually try to tune the VirusScan product. McAfee is working to improve this issue. VirusScan 8.8 has shown dramatic improvements in our initial testing.
The load placed on the system for malware scanning has been substantially reduced which will translate to happier users and less help desk calls.”
-- Howard Bullock, senior IT business systems analyst, Tyco Electronics
McAfee Security Management Platform:
“The McAfee Security Platform takes the drama and trauma out of security management. With McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator we know where we're covered, when to make changes, and how to make them quickly.”
-- Mike Emerson, director of security, Citrix
“Our risk posture requires the deployment of security technologies in depth across a variety of endpoints and throughout the enterprise, and we need to achieve this having no impact on our critical business processes. Responsive, efficient, and centralized management across layered security is a critical component of our business model, and McAfee’s comprehensive endpoint solution and centralized management is an excellent fit for our needs.”
-- Stephen Polinsky, manager, IT Governance at Express
“At Tyco, managing security centrally is critical to automating processes and enabling the business. The consumerization of IT, reliance on virtualized systems, new Web 2.0 threats and more mobile devices within the business have forced us to rethink our approach to security. With McAfee Security Management we understand the threat landscape, where we are vulnerable and what countermeasures are in place so we are able to confidently say yes to new IT initiatives that will drive business results.”
-- Eugene Fredriksen, global information security officer, Tyco International
McAfee Global Threat Intelligence:
“With new cyber threats coming at our customers from every angle, we need to arm them with the latest protection available. With McAfee Global Threat Intelligence integrated into our offerings, we can predict what's next and reduce our customers' exposure.”
-- Dave Wilson, manager of data security at Paetec
“McAfee Global Threat Intelligence gives my McAfee products information on sources of threats before they are even recognized as threats in other areas. This greatly reduces our exposure.”
-- Robert Boenne, network engineer, Teachers Credit Union
Security Innovation Alliance Partner Quotes
“Customers are looking for a more complete view of all enterprise IT activity across both on-premise and cloud environments. McAfee's open approach to Security Management enables ArcSight's Enterprise Threat and Risk Management (ETMR) platform to better assess internal and external risks and reduce response times. We believe our joint customers benefit from better visibility of real-time events, better context for risk assessment and better continuity, resulting in more efficient response and problem resolution.”
-- Jeff Scheel, Senior Vice President, Business Development, ArcSight
“McAfee's open approach to security management, and partnering approach to deliver end-to-end customer solutions, is a unique one-two punch in the industry. The new security mandate is to manage risk in real-time. It requires merging Threat and Compliance information from physical and virtualized environments into a unified data-to-dashboard business-risk view. Agiliance is pleased to introduce our McAfee Compatible RiskVision connector for McAfee ePO, which pulls technical asset and compliance data and pushes risk and compliance summary data, giving customers a continuously true risk posture to make effective investments and manage performance.”
-- Arti Raman, VP of Product and Alliances, Agiliance
“Correlating the massive amount of security information and events enables faster identification of security breaches and more effective incident response. McAfee's open approach to Security Management enables NitroSecurity to deliver increased levels of information within our NitroView product. Customers experience optimal security, reduced risk and a huge competitive advantage in their industry.”
-- Doug Bailey, EVP, NitroSecurity
“Security executives need to understand how all of their various defenses combine into their overall security posture. By integrating with McAfee's Security Management Platform, RedSeal software delivers enterprise-wide firewall management, ensures network-security compliance with standards such as PCI, NERC CIP and FISMA, and enables risk-driven vulnerability remediation.”
-- Steve Dauber, VP of Marketing, RedSeal Systems, Inc.
“Correlating security information and events accelerates incident response, reduces risk, and focuses limited IT resources. McAfee's open approach to Security Management enables partners like LogRhythm to deliver new levels of information and insight through our leading SIEM 2.0 solution, giving our mutual customers optimized security and significant competitive advantage in their industry.”
-- Mike Reagan, Vice President of Marketing & Business Development, LogRhythm, Inc.
“Customers are looking for better ways to integrate security into their core business processes in order to reduce risk and cost through automation. Utilizing new API's from McAfee's Security Management Platform, LogLogic is now able to integrate security events into the Business Service Management system of our joint customers, providing greater visibility and control.”
-- Bill Roth, EVP, LogLogic
“Today’s organizations need to quickly and easily detect and protect against stealth, emerging cyberattacks from APT and other malware. Together, HBGary Digital DNA™ with McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator® (ePO™) offers behavioral malware detection for significantly better security against both zero-day and targeted attacks. This integrated, defense-indepth security approach is critical to successfully combating unknown threats.”
-- Penny Leavy, President, HBGary
“From the server to the endpoint, and into the cloud, organizations are looking for ways to simplify and automate security across their environment. By integrating with McAfee's ePO Platform, Centrify enables IT security and help desk teams to manage and secure Mac systems in the same way they manage their Microsoft Windows PCs to reduce IT costs and provide a better experience for users.”
-- Frank Cabri, VP of Marketing, Centrify