McAfee, the security spinoff of Intel, today is rolling out 10 new product releases to create a unified architecture. These products fall under four categories, which comprise the newly integrated system: Dynamic Endpoint, Pervasive Data Protection, Data Center and Cloud Defense, and Intelligent Security Operations.
Although these four key areas were defined about a year ago by Intel Security, it wasn’t until this announcement that they have been tightly integrated, says Barbara Kay senior director of strategic solutions for Intel Security. (She adds that Intel Security will adopt the name McAfee once the spinoff deal with investment firm TPG officially closes; that’s expected in the second quarter of 2017.)
Data Center and Cloud Defense
The Data Center and Cloud Defense system combines server security, network infrastructure, and threat intelligence to provide users with a single view of security across data center environments. These capabilities are delivered through McAfee Server Security Suite 4.5 and McAfee Virtual Network Security Platform (vNSP) 8.3.
Specifically, Cloud and Data Center Defense capabilities were enhanced for enterprise customers that rely on hybrid cloud environments, Kay says. This environment can result in inconsistent cloud security controls because one aspect of the environment calls for legacy equipment, while the other demands the visibility of automated and virtualized systems.
This is a reputation-based system that allows users to manage and monitor a file reputation. When there is a new pattern identified in a user’s cloud or data center, it will automatically update the system accordingly. When combined with threat intelligence, this information can be easily shared across a data center network using endpoint information to provide a possible fix to the issue, says Kay.
Other Key Areas
McAfee’s Dynamic Endpoint uses machine learning to distinguish between harmful patterns and regular ones. Endpoints will trigger suspicious activity, accessing decades of threat intelligence data that are constantly being refined through threat research to identify these patterns.
The goal of pervasive data protection is to unify software-as-a-service (SaaS) security across McAfee’s web protection, cloud access security broker (CASB), data loss prevention, and encryption. Delivered through McAfee DLP for Mobile Email 10.0, end-user tools are provided like end-user initiated data-loss prevention (DLP) scanning and self-remediation. It also gives users the ability to check an endpoint’s health and level of risk.
McAfee’s Intelligent Security Operations tie together all of these capabilities. This part of the platform includes new consulting, deployment options, and incident response services meant to give organizations a long-term approach to security.
In related news, McAfee is announcing the OpenDXL initiative, which will foster collaboration among organizations and technology providers to disrupt security attacks. Using an open source strategy and McAfee products, industry professionals would be able to exchange security intelligence and orchestrate actions from different vendors and products. This would mean that this new and enhanced McAfee product line could be mixed and matched with other products as needed, while still providing the same insight.