Every few months, our development team releases a new version of Web Gateway software with multiple improvements they’ve been working towards in their agile development process. This time around, Web Gateway continues to evolve in the critical area of malware protection, expands its capabilities to share threat information, and more. For those less familiar, McAfee Web Gateway and its SaaS counterpart are a critical protection measure in the pursuit of conquering the threat defense lifecycle, stopping a remarkable quantity of both known and zero-day, never-before-seen malware in-line with traffic flow before these threats have a chance to hit an endpoint. Let’s take a look more specifically at what we’ve added:
- Publishing Malware Reputations to Threat Intelligence Exchange (TIE). As I just touched on, the GAM engine in Web Gateway has a remarkable ability to detect malicious behavior in never-before-seen files and convict them as new malware. This type of fresh threat intelligence is quite useful, but only if it can be shared! We’ve been sharing our zero-day convictions with the Global Threat Intelligence cloud for years. Now, with TIE, we have the ability to share these zero-day malware reputations in real time with endpoints and other sensors connected to the TIE ecosystem. This means right when Web Gateway finds zero-day malware, endpoints protected by McAfee know about it too. That results in shortened time to protection, and with the fast-paced nature of polymorphic malware (think Mystique from X-Men, same on the inside, different on the outside), means even less endpoints getting hit with new malware thanks to Web Gateway.
Remember, all Web Gateway releases are replicated in our SaaS platform as well. It’s built on the same technology so you can share one policy for both. If you’re using SaaS, remember you have a live-updated status portal here at trust.mcafee.com to view current status, maintenance periods, and more.
Attending RSA 2016 in San Francisco? Visit the McAfee booth (N3705) station titled “The Resilient Digital Enterprise” to learn more about McAfee Web Gateway and additional McAfee technologies connected through the Threat Intelligence Exchange.