Battle of the Cloud Gateways – How does McAfee Web Protection Stack Up?

By on Mar 18, 2015

This blog was written by David Bull, McAfee’s former Director, Enterprise Solution Marketing.

As the flood of threats spreading online today grows, the risk of getting infected by a virus increases as well, without the appropriate security solutions. Just a few years ago, new viruses cropped up every few days. Now, there are 387 new web threats per minute, meaning that you are put in danger online 6 times per second.

These are some scary facts, but the good news is that with the right protection, you’ve got safer Internet for your organization in the bag. And, companies like AV-Test, an independent IT security institute, are out there testing the products you’re buying to help keep your network safe.

AV-Test stacked up a SaaS deployment of McAfee Web Protection against competing SaaS product Websense Cloud Security. Take a look at how we fared with two of the most critical features of top web protection products:

#1: Malware testing

AV-Test’s review started with malware detection, where McAfee proved to be up for the challenge. From a sample pool of 743 URLs of which neither vendor had access to before hand, McAfee Web Protection detected 89.91% of malicious threats, while Websense picked up less than two-thirds of those same threats.





#2: Application control testing

AV Test’s review finished with an evaluation of application control testing. Due to such a mass movement to using cloud applications, when you’re picking a web gateway, it’s important to assess ability to block or limit certain web applications. You might, for example, want employees to be able to view Facebook for search purposes, but don’t want team members to post or send messages from their work devices. McAfee Web Protection and Websense were tested in 19 different use cases, with the goal of restricting pre-defined web applications and respective features. McAfee blocked 17 of 19 test cases and included customizable features, while a less-customizable Websense blocked 10 of these same scenarios.

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When you’re shopping for the best web gateway solution, ask yourself the three most important questions:

First, are you protected against malware with the product? Industry experts recommend web gateways as the biggest bang for your malware-fighting buck.

Second, does the product offer the convenience of cloud application controls, as more companies migrate away from on-premises solutions?

And third, does the product have deployment flexibility? Tackle future architectural needs now by ensuring you can work within the cloud, on-premises, virtual, and hybrid.

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