McAfee Web Protection

McAfee Web Protection

Advanced web security, controls, and deployment flexibility

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From web filtering and anti-malware scanning to deep content inspection and granular control over how websites and applications are used, McAfee Web Protection provides the security, control, and deployment flexibility you need. McAfee Web Protection offers all the features of McAfee Web Gateway and McAfee SaaS Web Protection.

Unique hybrid deployment flexibility — Deploy on premises with a scalable family of dedicated appliances, on a cost-effective virtual platform, in the cloud, or combine options for enterprise-class flexibility, scalability, and availability. Automatically manage and synchronize rules and policies between on-premises and cloud platforms with a single mouse click.

Advanced security — McAfee Web Protection layers multiple threat detection technologies to provide the most in-depth web security available. From opening content and scanning active elements in real time with the McAfee Gateway Anti-Malware Engine, to comprehensive signature-based coverage and web reputation powered by McAfee Global Threat Intelligence, to available McAfee Advanced Threat Defense integration for in-depth static code and dynamic malware analysis (sandboxing), the McAfee Web Protection layered approach optimizes several technologies for the best combination of security and performance.

Advanced application discovery and control — McAfee Web Protection provides web application discovery and management tools that enable system administrators to identify and manage access to rogue or unknown applications — also known as shadow IT — to reduce or eliminate the threat of potentially insecure applications. Granular controls for more than 1,000 popular cloud applications and web sites enable consistent enforcement of an enterprise’s acceptable usage policy.

Web identity management — McAfee Web Protection includes single sign-on (SSO) connectors for more than 500 popular SaaS applications, which improves end-user convenience, enhances security, and reduces expensive password-related help desk calls.

Unified reporting — Advanced reporting aggregates data, regardless of delivery platform. It provides the information to illuminate how organizations use the web, helping to comply with regulations, identify trends, isolate problems, document inappropriate web activity, and tailor filtering settings to best enforce web usage policies.

Protect mobile devices from malware attacks

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Spotlight on shadow IT. The dark side of evading IT policies.

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Demos / Videos


A core element of any cloud security strategy is the enforcement of acceptable usage policies. See how McAfee Web Protection provides system and network administrators with more than 1,000 application controls to manage user’s access to specific cloud application functions, such as Facebook or YouTube.

Gain the upper hand on Internet threats in today's Web 2.0 world with the multilayered protection of award-winning McAfee Web Gateway.

In order to share sensitive or proprietary information on the web without compromising security, you need to prevent bad actors from being able to download or read files. See how the built-in encryption technology of McAfee Web Protection automatically protects files uploaded to popular cloud-based collaboration sites.


Many enterprises prefer to consolidate network security functions onto as few platforms as possible. In this video, Jon Oltsik, a top security analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group, discusses some of the considerations that CIOs and CSOs need to take into account when considering whether to deploy a stand-alone next-generation firewall or a secure web gateway to protect internal IT assets. Not surprisingly, his answer is, “It depends…”.

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

Security, access, and deployment flexibility

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.

SC Magazine for IT Security Professional
McAfee Web Protection Named a Finalist (Best Web Content Management 2012) from SC Magazine

Products in this category provide web content filtering for laptops, desktops, and optionally servers. They may block or filter objectionable websites and content, and enlist blacklist, whitelist, or both to update the vendor-provided data upon which the solution is based.

SC Magazine for IT Security Professional
McAfee Web Protection Named a Finalist (Best Anti-Malware Gateway 2012) from SC Magazine

Products in this category generally are appliances. Their purpose is to act as gateways, usually at the perimeter of the enterprise, protecting against various types of malware attempting to enter the enterprise from outside.

Customer Stories

Deutsche Edelstahlwerke

Deutsche Edelstahlwerke, the leading German producer of specialty stainless steel products, secures thousands of desktops while keeping production systems available with McAfee endpoint solutions.

Kleberg Bank

Kleberg Bank relies on Intel Security for comprehensive protection, time savings, and to support compliance.

Major U.S. State Government

State Government Places its Trust in Intel Security for IT Consolidation Within this US state government, the Office of Technology is the central IT organization, serving almost 400 executive, judicial, and legislative agencies, which, in turn, administer programs for 4.4 million citizens. The Office of Technology oversees a network linking 1,500 locations and 35,000 users across the state.


Sicredi, one of Brazil’s largest credit union systems, consolidated their comprehensive security environment with Intel Security.


McAfee Web Gateway
McAfee Web Gateway

McAfee Web Gateway, deployed on-premises with appliances or in a virtual environment, offers powerful, proactive protection against zero-day threats, spyware, and targeted attacks. Web Gateway combines this advanced security with flexible, granular control, enabling your business to take maximum advantage of the web without compromise.

McAfee SaaS Web Protection
McAfee SaaS Web Protection

McAfee SaaS Web Protection is a convenient service that maximizes threat protection by leveraging McAfee security professionals and Security-as-a-Service management. 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.

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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 Content Security Reporter

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.

McAfee Web Gateway Reverse Proxy and ICAP Deployment Options

Web-based malware can be downloaded from external sites by users, or uploaded to internal systems if you provide access to external users, such as partners or contractors. This data sheet explains how the reverse proxy and Internet Content Adaptation Protocol (ICAP) features in McAfee Web Gateway enhance network security and block malware targeted at internal websites.

McAfee Reporting Product Matrix

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


McAfee Client Proxy

This technical FAQ covers web protection for the mobile workforce.


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.

The Hidden Truth Behind Shadow IT: Six trends impacting your security posture

McAfee and industry analyst firm Frost & Sullivan to conduct a global research study exploring the prevalence of shadow IT and its impact on the security posture of businesses experiencing this growing trend. The report examines the prevalence of shadow IT worldwide, why employees go around IT to deploy their own applications, the types of security events businesses are experiencing with shadow IT applications, and how to address this problem.

2013 AV-TEST Comparative Web Gateway Security Appliance Test

AV-TEST performed a review of McAfee’s web gateway security solution for the enterprise to determine their malware detection and blocking capabilities.

Solution Briefs

McAfee Advanced Threat Defense for McAfee Web Gateway

Social networks, cloud applications, and content-sharing sites have become essential business tools and IT organizations are struggling to make them safely accessible from inside and outside the corporate environment. Read this Solution Brief and see how McAfee Threat Defense for McAfee Web Gateway helps overcome the obstacles.

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.

The Cloud Application Explosion: A Problem You Need To Address

This Osterman Research Executive Brief summarizes a webcast that outlined issues created by the rapid adoption of cloud-based applications. The brief also includes recommendations and questions organizations should address about the use of cloud-based applications in order to maintain access control and to protect sensitive data assets.

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.

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.



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