McAfee’s end-to-end solution against advanced malware
By Digital News Asia November 4, 2013
- Seamlessly move from analysis and conviction to protection and resolution
- Company claims it can Find, Freeze and Fix advanced threats via an end-to-end solution
SECURITY vendor McAfee has announced what it said was an end-to-end solution to help organisations combat the increasing challenges of advanced malware.
McAfee’s approach to comprehensive threat protection allows organisations to respond to attacks faster and seamlessly move from analysis and conviction to protection and resolution, the company said in a statement.
This goes goes beyond single-feature, static analysis sandboxing products to address all three key requirements needed to counter today’s stealthy threats: The ability to find advanced malware with the new McAfee Advanced Threat Defense appliance; the ability to freeze the threats with McAfee network solutions; and the ability to initiate a fix with McAfee Real Time Advanced for ePO.
“Advanced malware is a difficult problem facing organisations of all sizes,” said Pat Calhoun (pic), general manager of network security at McAfee.
“Detecting malware is only one piece of the whole solution. You also have to stop it from further infecting the network and remediate any infections.
“Difficult problems don’t require difficult solutions. McAfee combines superior threat detection with network and endpoint protection resulting in lower total cost of ownership for businesses,” he claimed.
Enterprises are struggling to meet the threat defence challenges facing them today, McAfee said. Malware is now more sophisticated and stealthy.
Many organisations are still relying on their legacy security products and waiting for additional advanced malware protections to be incorporated, thereby exposing their organisation to malware threats – or they are using stand-alone malware products and plugging in third-party products that are not integrated with the rest of the environment.
While this may be expedient, it is not a good strategy and can end up costing more money in the long run, McAfee argued.
Dealing with multiple contracts, multiple deployments, support headaches, development tasks, or paying a premium for connectors to enable the integration are just a few of the issues for organisations.
McAfee claimed it can Find, Freeze and Fix advanced threats via an end-to-end solution:
- Find: Innovative analysis technologies work together quickly and accurately to detect today’s sophisticated threats across multiple protocols.
- Freeze: Integration with McAfee network solutions freezes the threat from infecting additional devices.
- Fix: McAfee Real Time Advanced for ePO identifies the device(s) that require remediation and streamlines the response, enabling automated investigation across all endpoints resulting in cost-effective remediation.
McAfee Advanced Threat Defense and McAfee Real Time Advanced for ePO are part of the McAfee Security Connected framework. Integration with network protection ultimately lowers the cost of training, implementation and ongoing maintenance, the company said.
A centralised, multi-protocol malware analysis model eliminates appliance sprawl and eases integration with existing technology investments. Unlike stand-alone sandboxing products, McAfee Advanced Threat Defense layers full static code analysis on top of an advanced dynamic analysis engine for more cost effective, efficient and accurate detection.
“The gap between recognising advanced attacks and remediating them with a high degree of confidence has remained wide,” said John Grady, research manager for Security Products at IDC.
“With employees being more mobile and multi-device oriented than they've ever been, it is impossible to defend against all attacks with a single product. Integrated solutions that combine network and endpoint-level visibility and controls are the best way to combat targeted attacks and quickly enable remediation,” he added.
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