McAfee SaaS Web Protection

McAfee SaaS Web Protection

Comprehensive cloud-based web security for a safe, secure network

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McAfee SaaS Web Protection offers exceptional web security through a reliable, flexible Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) deployment model. It’s an effective way to keep your company connected while taking charge of online security. With no on-premises hardware to purchase or install, SaaS Web Protection is easy to implement. Simply redirect your web traffic to our load-balanced data centers, where it is scanned with our state-of-the-art security technologies to provide comprehensive protection.

Near-zero latency, industry-leading uptime, global availability, and enterprise-class scalability ensure the performance and reliability you need to secure even the most distributed environments. If you already have on-premises web filtering, our service seamlessly adds additional layers of protection, including the highest-rated anti-malware engine, and secures branch offices and mobile users.

Complete inbound and outbound protection — Traffic that contains malware or violates your Internet-use policies is blocked before it can enter your network. Inbound traffic is analyzed to provide immediate protection against zero-day malware and other exploits.

Security for web applications — McAfee SaaS Web Protection uses multiple, layered sophisticated technologies to analyze the nature, intent, and behavior of a web page’s active content. This deep analysis proactively protects against unknown malware, blended threats, phishing sites, and targeted attacks.

Enhanced security powered by McAfee Global Threat Intelligence (McAfee GTI) — McAfee GTI is a comprehensive cloud-based threat intelligence service. Already integrated into McAfee security products, it works in real time, 24 hours a day, to protect customers against cyber threats across all vectors — file, web, message, and network. McAfee GTI offers the broadest threat data, most robust data correlation, and most complete product integration in the industry. It allows enabled products to evaluate threats on multiple vectors in real time, leading to faster identification of threats and higher capture rates. McAfee SaaS Web Protection also uses the McAfee GTI web categorization services to identify sites hosting undesirable content (such as pornography or gaming).

Unmatched web filtering — With 100 categories to choose from, our web filtering provides flexibility along with accuracy and security. Pair our categories with your unique user communities to set policies against offensive, undesired, and unproductive web use.

Part of McAfee Web Protection — Includes the flexibility to deploy comprehensive web security in the cloud, on premises, or as a hybrid combination to meet an enterprise’s unique changing needs.

Easy integration with other McAfee products — Combine McAfee SaaS Web Protection with McAfee SaaS Email Protection and McAfee SaaS Email Archiving to defend against blended online threats and meet your growing email storage and compliance needs. For the ultimate in flexibility, McAfee Web Protection offers the control of an onsite solution, the ease of management associated with Software-as-a-Service, or the option of hybrid deployments.

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Features & Benefits

Secure anytime, anywhere protection that is always current

Protect your entire network, even roaming users, against fast-changing malware, spyware, and phishing schemes. McAfee SaaS Web Protection delivers a broad defense that is continuously updated through the cloud, so it is never outdated.

Get convenient policy enforcement and reporting

Enforce Internet-use policies and gain visibility into web usage with detailed reports by user group. Custom web-based dashboards enable easy monitoring, tuning, and reporting for seamless control over inappropriate Internet use. Monitor trends and better understand how your organization uses the web and email, so you can isolate problems, document inappropriate activity, and comply with regulations.

Enhance productivity

Link more than 100 content categories to your specific user communities and gain quick, custom content control that can help protect your business against wasted time, clogged bandwidth, and legal liabilities.

Scale protection with your business needs

Replace escalating demands for on-premise capital equipment and IT staffing with our Security-as-a-Service. Your web traffic is automatically routed to our nearest data center, which is built with the capacity and performance to instantaneously handle all requests. With no onsite equipment, client components, or security updates to manage, you save on IT administration.

System Requirements

McAfee SaaS Web Protection has no system requirements because it is an online service. Simply redirect your web traffic through the service.

Demos / Videos


Learn how McAfee solutions will help IT departments keep threats out of the office network.

Security, access, and deployment flexibility

McAfee SaaS Web Protection is a convenient service that minimizes the effort and capital expenses associated with on-premise solutions. It protects against malware, malicious web infiltration, lost productivity, and corporate risk while enabling effective and economical control over threats, and freeing your business to take maximum advantage of Web 2.0.

Only McAfee provides customers with state-of-the-art web security on-premises, in the cloud, or using a hybrid mix. This gives customers the ability to configure their Web Protection solution in a way that best meets their business needs, with the flexibility to quickly and easily adapt as business needs change.

McAfee Web Protection is the industry’s most flexible secure web gateway solution. Customers can deploy any way they want – on-premises, in the cloud, or both – with the flexibility to adapt as business circumstances change. All it takes is one mouse click to synchronize security policy rules, enabling you to protect all users against web-based threats, regardless of location or device.

Awards / Reviews

2014 AV-TEST Comparative Cloud Gateway Test
2014 AV-TEST Comparative Cloud Gateway Test

AV-TEST performed a comparative review of McAfee Web Protection in the Cloud and Websense Cloud Security 2014 and tested each against a set of malicious URLs with zero-day malware to determine their performance against the latest threats on the web.

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.

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.

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


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

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Data Sheets

McAfee Web Protection

For a technical summary on the McAfee product listed above, please view the product data sheet.

McAfee SaaS Web Protection

For a technical summary on the McAfee product listed above, please view the product data sheet.


2014 AV-TEST Comparative Cloud Gateway Test

AV-TEST performed a comparative review of McAfee Web Protection in the Cloud and Websense Cloud Security 2014 and tested each against a set of malicious URLs with zero-day malware to determine their performance against the latest threats on the web.

Solution Briefs

McAfee SaaS Web Protection Service Solution Guide

Learn how the McAfee SaaS Web Protection service can help any business tap into the power and efficiency of the Internet while keeping threats—from inside and outside of the business—in check.

Web Request Routing and Redirection: What’s the best option for your web security deployment?

This paper explores the most widely used mechanisms for routing and redirecting web traffic to a secure web gateway by taking a look at the capabilities, advantages, and limitations of each method.

7 Requirements for Hybrid Web Delivery

Learn how the McAfee Hybrid Service Delivery Architecture provides a blueprint for adopting any or all service delivery platforms — integrated appliances, virtual appliances, or hosted services—without scrimping on deployment flexibility, security, or savings.

White Papers

McAfee Gateway Anti-Malware Technology Sets the Bar for Web Threat Protection

This white paper discusses the flagship McAfee Gateway Anti-Malware technology, how it adapts to new threats, and sets the stage to protect against future threats with a modular design that allows for the easy addition of components for maximum flexibility.

Protecting Mobile Devices from Malware Attack — An Osterman Research White Paper

How can you protect your employees’ computers against malware attack regardless of their location? How can you enforce acceptable usage policies for employees located remotely or mobile? The best way to protect against web threats is to redirect all web traffic through a proxy or web gateway that can block blacklisted or unsuitable sites, filter malware downloads, and enforce rules preventing sensitive data from being lost. In this white paper, Osterman Research describes the four ways to reroute web traffic from a mobile device or remote computer through a gateway, and highlights the strengths and weaknesses of each approach.

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.

Direct or Transparent Proxy: Choose the right configuration for your gateway.

Secure web gateways are essential in today’s connected world, but which proxy configuration should you choose: direct or transparent? This white paper guides you through the pros and cons and makes recommendations that will help you secure your company and your users more effectively.

Select a Secure Web Gateway

This white paper describes a wide range of Internet-based attack methods and explains how McAfee Web Protection technology helps protect against them.

Mobile Device Web Filtering

This paper will explore ways to implement web filtering of mobile devices through McAfee Web Gateway and discuss ways that McAfee Enterprise Mobility Management (McAfee EMM) software can be leveraged in an integrated manner to assist with web filtering.

Nine Essential Requirements for Web Security

This paper characterizes new web threats, explains why most security solutions in place today are ineffective, and then proposes three key organizational principles for assessing and enhancing web security—security, control, and flexibility—and nine functional requirements that enable these principles.