McAfee security is suite-based and offers enhanced security for your Mac. In addition to anti-virus, it includes anti-spyware, desktop firewall, and application protection features. McAfee security integrates with your Mac OS and works in real time to detect malware. It scans files, folders, local or network mounted volumes, and other items for potentially unwanted code, and notifies you in case of malware detections. Scanning takes place every time you create or access an item. You can also schedule scans to run immediately, at a particular time, or at regular intervals. Central to your McAfee software are the McAfee security scanning engine and malware definition files (.DATs). The engine is a complex data analyzer. It identifies the type of item being scanned and decodes the content of that object to understand what the item is. It then scans items on your Mac, comparing them with all known signatures stored in the .DAT files.
Additionally, you can configure application protection rules to prevent unwanted applications from executing or from accessing the incoming and/or outgoing network connections. For example, you can set rules so that the iTunes application can be launched (executed) and used for recreational purposes but cannot be used to access the Internet for downloading music. You can also specify path-based application exclusions to exclude applications from these rules. McAfee also monitors network communications and allows or denies access to specific networks, hosts, or IP addresses based on the firewall rules you configure. You can also specify trusted networks in groups to exclude them from these rules. During the EASI installation of this McAfee endpoint suite, the Security for Mac client and associated management files were checked into your McAfee ePO server. A deployment task was automatically created for you as well. To learn more about Endpoint Protection for Mac features, please download the data sheet.
The McAfee Agent for Mac
Before you can utilize Endpoint Protection for Mac, you will need to deploy the McAfee Agent for Mac to provide communication with the McAfee ePO server. On most Mac systems, the agent can be installed manually using an installation script (install.sh) which McAfee ePO created during installation. The agent can also be pushed from McAfee ePO to Mac clients. Once the agent is in place on client systems, you can run the deployment task to install the software and schedule updates and scans.
Manual Installation of the McAfee Agent
The install script (install.sh) for the McAfee Agent for Macintosh is in the following directory on the McAfee ePO server:
McAfee Agent Deployment via ePO
The following operating systems support deploying the McAfee Agent from ePolicy Orchestrator:
Note: Enable SSH on the Mac systems before installing agent from McAfee ePO.
Deploying Endpoint Protection for Mac
In this section, you will assign the deployment task for your Macs.
Clients will retrieve and run this task the next time they poll the server and install protection for Mac.