McAfee Network Security Platform

McAfee Network Security Platform

A uniquely intelligent security solution that discovers and blocks sophisticated threats in the network

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Overview

McAfee Network Security Platform is an intelligent security solution that discovers and blocks sophisticated threats in the network. Using multiple, advanced signature-less detection techniques such as Advanced Threat Defense, real-time emulation, and endpoint integration, it moves beyond mere pattern matching to defend against unknown stealthy attacks with extreme accuracy. The next-generation hardware platform scales to speeds of over 40 Gbps, ensuring performance is available to meet the needs of demanding networks.

With its Security Connected approach to security management, Network Security Platform organizes multiple security technologies to collectively tackle elusive and evasive attacks that are missed when only one approach is used. This intelligent application of behavioral heuristics with real-time McAfee Global Threat Intelligence feeds accurately identifies malicious attacks for which no signature exists.

All security and management information is displayed in a correlated format that reduces the time needed and human error in investigations. Tasks are energized when details are prioritized, so only the needed data is progressively disclosed precisely when it is needed. Time saved and errors avoided drive down operation costs and free personnel to work on other projects. Network Security Platform streamlines security operations with beyond layer-7 visibility to expose hidden attack patterns for fast, accurate response to network-borne attacks.

NSS Labs Ranks McAfee as a Leader in Security and Value
McAfee Is a Leader (Again) in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Intrusion Prevention Systems
AV-TEST Performs Review of
McAfee’s IPS Solution

Features & Benefits

Attain unparalleled threat protection

Unparalleled threat prevention is born from identifying both the known and unknown attack. Leveraging multiple signature-less detection engines as well as ultra-efficient, vulnerability-based signature detection, this next generation IPS platform expertly defends against advanced malware and zero-day attacks with unprecedented accuracy. Advanced signature-less inspection of malware provides comprehensive protection from the unknown attack, while low-touch signature defenses efficiently defend against known threats, all the while keeping keep administration efforts and operation costs low.

Get intelligent security management

Reduce the expertise needed and time required to monitor and investigate security events, while simplifying the administration of large and complex deployments. Progressive disclosure delivers the right information when and where you need it through guided drill downs, while hierarchal management scales for the largest deployments.

Leverage global malware protection

Get comprehensive malware coverage by intelligently directing a portfolio of antimalware defenses. Confidently reduce malware security holes, with more defenses than any other vendor, against this newest and deadliest network security attack vector.

Use our Security Connected framework

Improve network security posture, optimizes network security for greater cost effectiveness, and aligns network security strategically with business initiatives. Security Connected is McAfee’s integrated approach to network security that seamlessly incorporates data and workflows from other security products.

Attain performance and scalability

Get reliable performance so the best security is available under the heaviest loads, as the network grows, or even if segments of the network fail. Achieve high-performance, multi-gigabit throughput even when next-generation features, enabled with stateful fail-over, are available.

Gain visibility and control

Get user and device intelligence that seamlessly integrates into controls, analysis, and reporting in deep applications. This deep visibility uncovers suspicious anomalies that cannot be seen in aggregate, allowing more flexibility to align control policies to the needs of the organization.

Demos / Tutorials

Demos

Network Security Platform uses multiple detection engines to alert on today’s stealthy malware.

Use event correlation and progressive disclosure workflows to prioritize events, improve detection, and speed investigation.

Network Security Platform uses new advanced detection capabilities to uncover both known and unknown botnets.

Network Security Platform includes application visibility and control of over 1,100 applications and protocols.

Prevent denial-of-service attempts through connection limiting based on geo-location, IP reputation, and a number of other factors.

McAfee Endpoint Intelligence provides real-time, per-flow endpoint traffic correlation. This solution leverages intelligence in the network and on every Windows host to reveal relationships between endpoint executables and network traffic flows.

Network Security Platform incorporates McAfee Global Threat Intelligence to check the reputation of network communications based on billions of unique file, IP, URL, protocol, and geo-location data around the globe.

Tutorials

Explore the key features of McAfee Network Security Platform and learn more about how it integrates with McAfee Vulnerability Manager and McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator.

Videos

Your IPS needs both signature and signature-less defenses.

Awards / Reviews

NSS Labs
NSS Labs issues highly coveted Recommended rating for McAfee Network Security platform

NSS Labs tests the industry's leading Network Intrusion Prevention vendors on dozens of criteria and releases their finding in Product Analysis Reports. Read NSS Labs latest Security Value Map report to see how McAfee has become the leader in security and value as rated by NSS Labs.

CRN
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.

Gartner
Magic Quadrant for Intrusion Prevention Systems 2013

McAfee is a Leader (again) in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Intrusion Prevention Systems.

Customer Stories

Abtran

McAfee security risk management solutions help Abtran meet clients’ increasing security requirements.

Highlights
  • Provided multiple layers of security risk management protection for Abtran’s clients
  • Reduced IT hours spent supporting, administering, and monitoring endpoint security
  • Cut time to produce weekly security reports from three or four hours to less than two minutes
  • Migrated easily and seamlessly from existing anti-virus solutions

Adena Health System

Adena Health System protects critical network services with McAfee Network Security Platform.

Highlights
  • Delivered complete perimeter protection for a large, regional network
  • Immediately identified malicious traffic
  • Effectively blocked threats and reclaimed network bandwidth
  • Reduced the cost of protection while simplifying management
  • Scaled easily to meet network growth

Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell

Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell uses McAfee Network Security Platform to secure 100 Mbps to 10 Gbps corporate networks against threats and attacks.

Highlights
  • Increased identification and interception of up to 99% of the threats
  • Improved the work efficiency and allowed the information security and network departments to cooperate with each other in monitoring security threats and risks

Bank Central Asia

Bank Central Asia achieves compliance and saves time with McAfee ePO Software.

Highlights
  • Eased compliance with internal and industry regulations
  • Saved time through centralized management
  • Provided protection to computers, network, and data through integrated solutions

Boston Medical Center

McAfee helps protect vital services for Boston Medical Center.

Highlights
  • Dramatically reduced denial-of-service (DoS) attacks from 8.4 million per day to zero
  • Integrated security product management through McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO)
  • Reduced time needed to roll out upgrades
  • Improved threat detection

Cardnet

Cardnet eliminates malware infections with comprehensive network, email, and endpoint security from McAfee.

Highlights
  • Total absence of known infections of any kind
  • Protected the entire IT infrastructure
  • Maintained IT security with a staff of three, versus 20 or more if the McAfee suite was not in place

Citrix Systems

Citrix reduces risk with McAfee’s integrated security risk management platform.

Highlights
  • Deployed quickly and easily, saving $40,000 in deployment costs
  • Reduced incident response rate by 40% and overall TCO of security risk management
  • Dramatically eased security administration and accelerated patch deployment
  • Reduced remediation time by 70%

City of St. Paul

McAfee bolsters security for the City of St. Paul, Minnesota.

Highlights
  • Hardened network against intrusion
  • Protected 3,300 endpoints against virus and spam attacks
  • Safeguarded the city’s network 100% from attacks via unsecured physical sites
  • Delivered powerful functionality, ease of use, and simplified administration

CSS Corp

CSS Corp has deployed McAfee Network Security Platform sensors protecting network traffic at its gateways globally.

Highlights
  • Provided centralized management, control, and reporting on overall functioning of security environment
  • Ensured compliance with ISO277001 and PCI DSS
  • Contributed to network availability to meet SLAs
  • Maintained comprehensive protection from external and internal security threats

Dawnay Day AV

Comprehensive and easy-to-manage security from McAfee protects Dawnay Day's network and endpoints from attacks.

Highlights
  • Protected 1,200 endpoints against virus attacks
  • Proactively strengthened the company’s network
  • Delivered powerful functionality, ease of use, and simplified administration

Dongfeng Nissan Passenger Vehicle Co., Ltd.

With robust integration features built into ePO, users can handle data events and achieve stronger monitoring and control easily and quickly through the platform.

Highlights
  • Protected intellectual property

DSM

DSM enlists McAfee to strengthen enterprise network security control and compliance.

Highlights
  • Provided full visibility into network traffic and connected systems
  • Simplified patch management
  • Improved compliance with regulations and policies
  • Increased efficiencies for significant cost savings

HCF

HCF gets comprehensive anti-malware protection and streamlined security management with McAfee.

Highlights
  • Smooth implementation
  • Easy identification of vulnerable areas
  • Meaningful reports for IT administrators who are only advised about attacks that are relevant to the environment
  • Enabled automatic enforcement of security policies; ensuring network integrity
  • Automation of patch management freed up IT staff to focus on strategic work

Idaho State Tax Commission

Idaho State Tax Commission chooses McAfee to embed security in a new network infrastructure.

Highlights
  • Identified vulnerabilities and blocked threats
  • Delivered reliable endpoint protection
  • Enabled compliance with National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) security guidelines
  • Provided support for the commission’s defense-in-depth security strategy
  • Helped increase security awareness among network users

James Tower

McAfee keeps James Tower secure and compliant with industry regulations.

Highlights
  • Reduced time required to push out the most current security and virus patches to minutes, rather than hours or days
  • Used to apply patches, updates, settings, and other security measures consistently across all systems
  • Dramatically reduced audit time as well as time to build and maintain servers
  • Provided fast, accurate profiling of all systems
  • Facilitated decision making through a centralized, consolidated dashboard and robust reporting

Mainova AG

McAfee powers network security for energy supplier Mainova AG.

Highlights
  • Delivered complete protection with lower operation cost — only three IT staff members required to monitor IDS/IPS solution
  • Deployed new system within three weeks of installation
  • Simplified and centralized administration of configuration and guidelines for handling threats
  • Precisely identified and blocked threats in real time
  • Provided full transparency when monitoring network traffic

Major Healthcare System

The healthcare system uses McAfee solutions to gain compliance with HIPAA, PCI, DSS, and FTC regulations.

Highlights
  • Optimize mobility management of corporate data
  • Protect corporate data from the data center to the mobile device
  • Set mobile policies that work while providing flexibility to users
  • Provide central dashboard for controlling entire security environment

Mphasis

Mphasis keeps customer data safe with McAfee Network Security Platform.

Highlights
  • Protected global network from intrusions that could disrupt operations or compromise data
  • Enabled Mphasis to comply with security regulations and client-specific security requirements
  • Provided transparent security with enterprise-level performance, reliability, and availability
  • Eased administration with centralized management and the option to integrate with other security risk management solutions

NYC Department of IT and Telecommunications

NYC Department of IT and Telecommunications uses McAfee for for vulnerability management, endpoint encryption, and other areas of security functionality.

Highlights
  • Increased protection with a savings of $18 million
  • Provided centralized control across highly distributed IT environment

PAETEC

Telecommunications provider PAETEC watches sales skyrocket with managed service based on McAfee Network Security Platform.

Highlights
  • Protected against emerging threats even before installation of new signatures
  • Delivered excellent performance and reliability to PAETEC customers, who enjoy thorough and timely protection against threats without IT infrastructure burdens
  • Differentiated against offerings from competitors
  • Contributed to an already strong revenue stream and grew to emerge as the fastest growing area of PAETEC’s business

Royal Caribbean Cruises

Royal Caribbean Cruises safeguards network traffic with McAfee Network Security Platform.

Highlights
  • Enabled robust perimeter security on shore and onboard while conserving bandwidth
  • Provided application-layer detection of malicious traffic
  • Dramatically reduced the time and risks of patch cycle management
  • Delivered centralized security policy management through an easy-to-use, web-based interface

SIM University

SIM University uses McAfee Firewall Enterprise to protect its data center.

Highlights
  • Provide a multilayered defense against security threats
  • Amplify network bandwidth and dramatically improve throughput
  • Increase availability of learning management system to more than 99.9 percent
  • Free up IT administration time of security staff

State of Indiana

The State of Indiana safeguards 27,000 desktops and 2,000 servers with a unified security platform from McAfee.

Highlights
  • Slashed time spent monitoring and protecting endpoints
  • Eased security administration with an easy-to-use centralized console and customizable dashboards and reports
  • Pushed out new agents and other updates in half the time
  • Protected sensitive data on laptops and tablet PCs from unauthorized access
  • Provided a layered, security risk management approach in a unified platform

Syndicate Bank

Syndicate Bank protects customers’ financial assets and personal data with McAfee Network Security Platform.

Highlights
  • Identified and reduced risk of network intrusion
  • Blocked more than 1 million potential intrusions annually
  • Safeguarded bank and customer assets through central management of information security
  • Identified and prevented encrypted attacks
  • Provided seamless intrusion detection and prevention that added minimal network latency and improved overall network performance
  • Decreased workload of IT administrators

TeliaSonera AB

A leading telecommunications group in the Nordic and Baltic regions strengthens anti-virus security with McAfee.

Highlights
  • Protected 23,000 endpoints against viruses
  • Enforced blacklisting of potentially malicious applications
  • Delivered powerful functionality, ease of use, and simplified administration
  • Helped secure the patch update process

TELUS International Philippines

TELUS uses the Security Connected framework from McAfee as the foundation for its multilayered security infrastructure.

Highlights
  • Improves visibility, control, and overall security posture with central security administration
  • Accelerates remediation of malware attacks daily
  • Provides two-fold defense against data loss
  • Increases customer confidence, willingness to do business

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) offers programs in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, biomedicine and health sciences.

Highlights
  • Extensible compliance reporting.
  • Block thousands of attacks.
  • Security audits in minutes.
  • Improve visibility and productivity.

Xinjiang Mobile

Xinjiang Mobile's comprehensive assessment of data protection products in the market lead them to choose and deploy McAfee’s solution.

Highlights
  • Keeps data in Xinjiang Mobile’s core network safe and free from risks of financial loss, brand damage, lost customers, competitive disadvantage and other risk factors
  • Tightens management and control of removable media and ensures security of corporate data

Highlights

News / Events

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Data Sheets

McAfee Network Security Platform (NS-Series)

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McAfee Network Security Platform (M-Series)

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Virtual Network Security Platform

McAfee Network Security Platform virtual sensor is a full-featured advanced intrusion prevention system (IPS) solution ready for the unique demands of virtual environments. This intelligent security solution discovers and blocks sophisticated threats in virtual networks with unmatched speed, accuracy, and simplicity.

Infographics

Bury Threats Before They Bury Your Business

Bury threats with McAfee’s Network Security Platform comprehensive signature-less approach to malware detection.

Reports

NSS Labs 2014 Comparative Analysis Report for McAfee Network Security Platform NS-9300

NSS Labs Ranks McAfee as a Leader in Security and Value.

NSS Labs 2013 Product Analysis Report for McAfee Network Security Platform NS-9200

NSS Labs Ranks McAfee as a Leader in Security and Value.

Magic Quadrant for Intrusion Prevention Systems 2013

McAfee Is a Leader (Again) in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Intrusion Prevention Systems

Next-Generation Network Security

McAfee and Intel have joined forces to create next-generation network security that detects threats before they reach networks.

McAfee IPS Appliance Test

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

NSS Labs 2012 Product Analysis Report for McAfee Network Security Platform M-8000

NSS Labs tests the industry's leading Network Intrusion Prevention vendors on dozens of criteria and releases their finding in Product Analysis Reports. In this report, the McAfee Network Security Platform M-8000 is rated on its security effectiveness, performance, management, TCO and overall value.

Solution Briefs

SIEM: Five Requirements that Solve the Bigger Business Issues

McAfee spoke with SIEM users and asked them to tell us about their primary issues with SIEM. This brief lists the top five issues along with corresponding customer case studies and use cases.

McAfee Network Security Platform: Services Solutions for Managed Service Providers (MSP)

With attacks on the rise, IT budgets constrained, and experienced security personnel in short supply, businesses are looking to Managed Service Providers to help fill the gap. McAfee Network Security Platform is uniquely intelligent and purpose-built to offer unmatched protection, performance, and multitenant scale for your intrusion prevention system (IPS) services.

Counter Stealthy Malware

The most menacing type of cyberattack is invisible. Using sophisticated techniques to hide its presence, stealthy malware may operate outside of the OS or move dynamically across endpoints to conceal the attackers’ actions. The risk to enterprises is real, with high-profile attacks such as Operation High Roller impacting companies around the globe. Traditional antivirus or intrusion prevention systems are no match for this new breed of stealthy malware; instead, enterprises need layered security controls that work together to detect the presence and actions of stealthy malware and attackers.

Supercharge Your Security with IPS and SIEM

McAfee Network Security Platform and McAfee Enterprise Security Manager bring together real-time network protection, enterprise-wide situational awareness, and a responsive, investigation platform — in a seamlessly integrated solution that identifies and blocks more threats while ensuring rapid response to successful attacks as they emerge.

Integrated Network Security for Physical and Virtual Environments

McAfee and Reflex have developed a joint solution based on the industry-leading McAfee Network Security Platform and award-winning Reflex Virtualization Management Center (VMC).

White Papers

Signature-less IPS: Secure Beyond the Signature

Learn how the McAfee signature-less intrusion prevention system (IPS) technology is changing the way malware is detected and blocked. Signature-based detection provides an important foundation for intrusion inspection, but a layered signature-less architecture greatly enhances malware detection and reduces the risk. Read about the seven signature-less detection methods McAfee offers and how they are transforming IPS.

Beyond Layer-7 Visibility: A Simpler Path to Endpoint Intelligence

Security products with layer-7 visibility are great. But in order to dramatically improve your understanding of security events, you need to extend your vision to the specific application processes responsible for initiating a connection. It’s something we call Beyond Layer-7 Visibility.

Security Management 2.5 – Replacing Your SIEM Yet?

This paper will walk you through the entire process — from soup to nuts — of evaluating, selecting, and deploying a SIEM. It offers pragmatic advice on how to get it done based on years working through this process as both consumers and vendors of SIEM technology. The process is not always painless, but we are certain it will help you avoid foundering on bad technology and inter-office politics. You owe it to yourself and your organization to ask the right questions and to get answers. It is time to slay the sacred cow of your substantial SIEM investment, and to figure out your best path forward.

The 7 Deadly Threats to 4G - 4G LTE Security Roadmap and Reference Design

This paper provides a detailed review of seven threats that take on unique profiles within 4G networks. It also offers a security reference architecture to efficiently counter these threats with minimal cost or service disruption.

Security Connected from McAfee: Comprehensive, Cost-Effective Security

With federal budgets trending downward and both cyberthreats and mandates heading upward, the question becomes, "Can you get comprehensive cybersecurity that provides real-time threat visibility and protection at a reasonable cost? The answer is yes."

A Prudent Approach to Next-Generation Network Security

According to Enterprise Strategy Group, a prudent approach to next-generation network security requires more hands-on planning, product evaluations, and real-world testing — and less reliance on third-party lab testing and market reports alone.

McAfee Network Security Platform: The Next-Generation Network IPS

This white paper discusses how the McAfee Network Security Platform can help organizations unify network security across physical and virtual environments, streamline security operations, and protect themselves from emerging malware, zero-day attacks, denial-of-service exploits and advanced targeted attacks.

Consolidate Network Security to Reduce Cost and Maximize Enterprise Protection

Learn how McAfee Network Security Platform helps you realize greater consolidation benefits while minimizing project costs and disruption to your production environment.

Combating Advanced Persistent Threats

Learn how to prevent, detect, and remediate APTs.

Defining Next-Generation Network Intrusion Prevention

Gartner defines "network intrusion prevention" as an in-line security control that implements attack detection and mitigation between networks of different trust levels in real time.

Solving Critical Challenges of the Virtualized Data Center

Brocade and McAfee have partnered on a portfolio of offerings that seamlessly blend network innovations and security management to address the challenges of both physical and virtual environments.

Protect Critical Assets with Virtual Patching—Closing the Vulnerability Window Using Predictive Threat Protection

The McAfee virtual patching solution provides a layered approach to security risk management, while adding the ability to apply a virtual patching strategy to your existing change-management process. It combines proven defenses and security insight with real-time Global Threat Intelligence to close the vulnerability window until patching can occur through your regular change-management processes.

The New Era of Botnets

This white paper examines how criminal bots have evolved, looks at the industry that supports their creation and distribution, and predicts where these threats are headed.

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