McAfee brings out regional latest

The security provider continues to try and maintain its dominant position in the security space, as it presents its newest solution for small and medium sized enterprises.

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By  Sathya Mithra Ashok Published  November 23, 2008

The security provider continues to try and maintain its dominant position in the security space, as it presents its newest solution for small and medium sized enterprises.

McAfee, global security solutions provider, has launched a duo of products designed to secure small and medium (SMB) sized enterprises in the region and address current network access control (NAC) issues.

The Total Protection for Secure Business product suite is designed to assist small businesses to maintain a secure environment through the use of a single end-to-end solution.

Similar to multi-layer protection from malware, having a multi-layered NAC solution is critical.

According to the security vendor, the new offering provides all the essential elements of security that an organisation might need, including desktop, e-mail, web and data protection without creating a large management burden.  It maintains that, once deployed, the solution will only require 15 minutes of dedicated management per day.

"Our small and medium business customers tell us they want to focus their efforts on building their businesses, not on buying and maintaining a slew of security vendor ‘point solutions'. They tell us they want security that is smart and robust with intelligence built in, that is simple to deploy and maintain, and most importantly, provides uncompromising protection to keep our customer's information systems safe and secure," says Daan Hakkert, interim regional director, McAfee Middle East.

The product suite includes McAfee's new Artemis technology, which helps in shielding computer users against attacks as they happen without requiring a traditional, scheduled update of threat signatures to be installed on the machine. This is designed to help companies reduce their exposure to emerging threats.

The company has also announced its first unified strategy to address the issue of NAC solutions for regional SMBs. The unified secure access approach links endpoint and network security with access control and compliance and is managed by McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator software which, according to McAfee, helps organisations ease the deployment and management of NAC.

This third generation NAC offering is a key component of McAfee's endpoint and network security strategy. It has been designed in order to adapt to the organisation's business and infrastructure, while reducing operational cost and complexity.

McAfee states that its unique adaptive policy technology surpasses existing NAC solutions by giving users the ability to easily tailor access controls to any particular situation. This in turn results in increased security, reduced errors and lower operational cost.

"Similar to multi-layer protection from malware, having a multi-layered NAC solution is critical.  Unified secure access is a cornerstone of McAfee's network security strategy and over 60 million McAfee endpoints already have the platform to implement a third generation NAC solution," says Rees Johnson, senior vice president and general manager of McAfee's network security business unit.

These offerings come on the heels of the company being placed inside the leader's quadrant for mobile data protection by international analysis firm Gartner.

According to Gartner, vendors listed in the leader's quadrant offer products that work well for Gartner clients in small and large deployments. They have long-term road maps that follow and/or influence Gartner's vision of the developing needs of buyers in the market. Leaders make their competitors' sales staff nervous and force competitors' technical staff to follow their lead.

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