Position Based on McAfee's Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute
SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 20, 2009 - McAfee, Inc. (NYSE:MFE), today announced that leading research firm Gartner, Inc. has placed the company in the leaders quadrant in its “Magic Quadrant for Network Intrusion Prevention System Appliances, 1H09” as published on April 14, 2009.1
According to Gartner, vendors listed in the leader’s quadrant “demonstrate balanced progress and effort in all execution and vision categories. Their actions raise the competitive bar for all products in the market, and they can change the course of the industry. To remain leaders, vendors must demonstrate a track record of delivering successfully in enterprise IPS deployments and in winning competitive assessments. Leaders produce products that provide high signature quality and low latency, are innovating with or ahead of customer challenges (such as using endpoint intelligence to make more-efficient detections) and have a range of models. Leaders continually win selections and are consistently visible on enterprise shortlists. However, a leading vendor is not a default choice for every buyer, and clients should not assume that they must buy only from vendors in the Leaders quadrant.”
Factors contributing to a company’s ability to execute include products and services, overall viability, sales and marketing execution, and customer experience. Gartner evaluates a company’s completeness of vision by considering its market understanding, sales and marketing strategy, offering or product strategy, business model, and innovation.
“We believe our position in the leaders quadrant of this highly-regarded network IPS assessment confirms McAfee’s commitment to Network IPS and Network Security,” said Rees Johnson, General Manager for IPS at McAfee. “Customers and partners turn to McAfee’s network IPS solutions because of our comprehensive, integrated and proven approach to network security. Our ability to create vulnerability signatures based on protocol analysis protects our customers much better than products that rely primarily on traditional pattern matching. For example, with conficker, one signature did the job, unlike our competition that not only created multiple signatures, but also made numerous modifications over several months to match our accuracy. Our approach offers both superior protection and decreased maintenance costs.”
Since pioneering the IPS industry with the world’s first purpose-built intrusion detection and prevention appliance, the McAfee® network security platform has continued to raise the bar for next-generation IPS technology. Earlier this year, McAfee participated in the NSS Labs 10Gbps Group Test, and is the only vendor to achieve certification in this rigorous test. “The M-8000 Network IPS appliance performed at over 10Gbps with near perfect detection accuracy,” said Johnson. “This certification, combined with Gartner’s independent evaluation of our Network IPS solutions, demonstrates McAfee’s leadership in Network IPS and Network Security.”
To view the Magic Quadrant for Network Intrusion Prevention System Appliances, compliments of McAfee, visit: http://resources.mcafee.com/content/NIPSMQReport
About the Magic Quadrant
The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted April 14, 2009 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
About McAfee, Inc.
McAfee, Inc., headquartered in Santa Clara, California, is the world's largest dedicated security technology company. McAfee is relentlessly committed to tackling the world's toughest security challenges. The company delivers proactive and proven solutions and services that help secure systems and networks around the world, allowing users to safely connect to the Internet, browse and shop the web more securely. Backed by an award-winning research team, 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. http://www.mcafee.com
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1 Gartner, Inc., “Magic Quadrant for Network Intrusion Prevention System Appliances,” by Greg Young and John Pescatore, April 14, 2009.