McAfee A Leader In 2012 Gartner Magic Quadrant

By on Aug 01, 2012

Last month, Gartner published its 2012 Magic Quadrant for Network Intrusion Prevention Systems. As in previous years, Gartner’s 2012 results show McAfee as a leader in what has become a very competitive vendor landscape.

Gartner states that “the capabilities of IPS products need to adapt to changing threats, and next-generation IPSs (NGIPSs) have evolved in response to advanced targeted threats evading first-generation IPSs.” McAfee IPS was evaluated based on both completeness of vision and ability to execute, so it comes as no surprise that McAfee Network Security is ranked near the top of this year’s Magic Quadrant.

Additionally, we believe that McAfee’s position in the leaders quadrant demonstrates the value of McAfee Security Connected, our unique approach to sharing security intelligence and event feeds across several security solutions. Strong network security isn’t just about best-of-breed solutions – it’s also about uniting those components to reduce complexity through a modular, scalable and connected design.

Our Strengths

Truly “Next-Generation” Technology:

  • McAfee solutions truly fit the Gartner definition of “Next Generation”. We take great pride in delivering the best network IPS in the market, providing not only the standard first-generation IPS capabilities, but also full application awareness, context awareness, content awareness and full stack inspection.

Threat Intelligence:

  • With over 500 in-house researchers on the McAfee Global Threat Intelligence team, no other vendor offers the same precise level of research and deep understanding that allows us to provide our customers with real-time protection.


  • As Gartner noted, best-of-breed NGIPS are still found in stand-alone appliances, a need McAfee recognized from the beginning with investments in purpose-built architecture like McAfee’s IPS console.

I believe McAfee is in an extremely strong position compared to other vendors—offering market-moving innovation, network-class performance and security, financial health and stability, execution and vision, and a proven commitment to the network security marketplace.

The full report is available for review at Gartner’s 2012 Network Intrustion Prevention Magic Quadrant.

1 Gartner, Inc., “Magic Quadrant for Intrusion Prevention Systems,” by Greg Young, John Pescatore, July 5, 2012.

About the Magic Quadrant

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