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McAfee extends its cloud security solution to Microsoft Azure

Cloud Security Platform to help secure enterprise applications and data, across SaaS and IaaS/PaaS environments

McAfee extends its cloud security solution to Microsoft Azure
Moving applications, data and workloads to the cloud exposes enterprises to new threats and risks, said Gupta

McAfee has now extended its Cloud Security Platform to Microsoft Azure.

The cyber security firm seeks to enable developers build applications on the Microsoft Azure cloud with the peace of mind that their applications, underlying cloud infrastructure and enterprise data are protected.

As organisations migrate from data centres to the cloud, they need to take measures to ensure their use of cloud providers, such as Microsoft Azure, is safeguarded. This process is not easy due to many complex security parameters to configure, incidents to respond to and controls to manage, which are different across the various cloud providers. This leaves many cloud implementations vulnerable to attacks, where man-in-the-middle (MITM) exposures could be used to penetrate enterprise cloud applications.

McAfee wants to solve this problem by providing one Cloud Security Platform that delivers a more comprehensive visibility and consistent enforcement of security and compliance configurations and policies across multiple cloud IaaS/PaaS platforms. “Moving applications, data and workloads to the cloud exposes enterprises to new threats and risks,” said Rajiv Gupta, senior vice president of the cloud security business unit, McAfee.

“At the same time, the adoption of cloud allows organisations to transform their business. This is why we are on a mission to make cloud the most secure environment for business. The introduction of McAfee Cloud Security Platform for Microsoft Azure is an important step to fulfilling this mission for our customers,” Gupta added.

This announcement marks the introduction of the first joint solution following McAfee’s acquisition of Skyhigh Networks, demonstrating the company’s commitment to enhancing its Cloud Security portfolio, which now includes McAfee Skyhigh Security Cloud, McAfee Virtual Network Security Platform (McAfee vNSP) and McAfee Cloud Workload Security (McAfee CWS). McAfee Skyhigh Security Cloud for Azure is available now, and McAfee vNSP’s support of Azure customers will be available by the end of March. McAfee CWS, including support for Azure became available earlier this year.

With new offerings under the McAfee Cloud Security Platform, organisations can:

- Audit security configuration settings of Microsoft Azure against best practices, identify security and compliance gaps and recommend specific actions to reduce security risks.

- Capture the complete audit trail of user and administrator activity to accelerate post-incident forensic investigations and monitor the spread of advance threats.

- Use data science and machine learning to detect insider threats and compromised accounts.

- Remove malware from traffic going to, from, and within the Microsoft Azure infrastructure.

- Identify and prevent unauthorized sensitive data from being stored in Azure storage services, such as Blob Storage.

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