McAfee Sets a New Standard for Comprehensive Malware Protection

Tue Feb 26, 2013 12:01am EST

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Acquires Sandboxing Technology, Integrates and Enhances Security Connected
Products to Extend Lead in Defense Against Malware
SAN FRANCISCO--(Business Wire)--
RSA CONFERENCE - McAfee today announced that it has acquired from LynuxWorks,
Incorporated, the ValidEdge sandboxing technology that identifies sophisticated,
hard-to-detect malware, to broaden its anti-malware portfolio and further
strengthen the McAfee Security Connected approach. McAfee also announced more
than 30 malware-focused product enhancements that will extend the company`s lead
in comprehensive malware protection. 

The acquired technology provides advanced threat detection by running suspected
malware in a "sandbox" and learning what impact a suspected malware sample will
have on an endpoint. This new technology further strengthens McAfee`s current
anti-malware offerings that have been proven as best in class at identifying day
zero attacks. 

Unlike other sandboxing solutions, this new technology, when integrated with
McAfee`s other network and endpoint anti-malware products, will automatically
block future attacks by convicted malware samples. It will also provide
signature information so that already infected endpoints can be remediated
automatically by McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (McAfee ePO). McAfee plans to
deliver the first product that integrates the new sandboxing technology in the
second half of 2013. 

A single point product cannot deliver comprehensive malware protection. The only
way to effectively combat the onslaught of malware threats now numbering close
to 100,000 per day1 is through an integrated, end-to-end, holistically-managed
approach to security. To support that comprehensive approach, McAfee has made
over 30 significant anti malware product enhancements including the following:

* McAfee Network Security Platform - Adds new "signature-less" threat detection
and prevention technologies, strong botnet prevention, deep file analysis, and a
powerful anti-malware engine capable of detecting advanced malware across a full
range of protocols and file types. It also adds intelligent alert prioritization
to automatically prioritize network events and improve integration with McAfee
ePO and McAfee Enterprise Security Manager, making use of real-time information
so operators have the full context of an attack, at the precise time of the
* McAfee Web Protection -- Now expands emulation capabilities to identify
advanced malware that dynamically changes in the browser in an attempt to avoid
detection. It also adds a new outbound detection technique that reveals bot
infections attempting to receive additional malicious code. Expanded reporting
capabilities include actionable reporting to help reduce attack vulnerability by
simplifying the blacklisting process across McAfee ePO-connected products. 
* McAfee Email Protection - Can be deployed on-premise, in the cloud, and now as
an integrated combination of both with a single pane of glass architecture,
reducing cost and increasing efficiency while blocking malware away from the
network. Also adds graymail filtering to improve employee productivity. 
* McAfee Enterprise Security Manager - Active integration with ePolicy
Orchestrator, Network Security Platform and McAfee Vulnerability Manager
automates quarantine, scan, and policy command execution - turning actionable
intelligence into intelligent action. 
* McAfee Real Time for ePO - Announced earlier this month, this new
productenables security decisions based on "what is" versus "what was" by
querying and identifying every compromised endpoint in an organization in
seconds in order to remediate those endpoints. It dramatically increases
situational awareness and reduces exposure, risk, and cost of security. 
* McAfee Deep Defender - Providesprotection against master boot record (MBR)
rootkits. Any driver attempting to write or read a MBR is now monitored through
Deep Defender, which operates beyond the OS and is enabled by hardware-enhanced
security with Intel. It prevents MBR rootkits from modifying the MBR in

"According to our research, 59% of enterprise security professionals believe
that they have been targeted by an advanced persistent threat," said Tony
Prigmore, senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. "An integrated approach
that includes network, endpoint, threat intelligence, and other security aspects
is needed to help thwart advanced threats." 

McAfee`s comprehensive malware protection is based on the McAfee Security
Connected platform, which helps customers improve security posture, optimize
security for greater cost effectiveness, and align security strategically with
business initiatives. McAfee is taking an orchestrated approach to protect
against malware by intelligently applying the best technologies at the right
time and in the right place to thoroughly analyze and respond to suspicious
files, web sites, email messages, and networks. Best-of-breed approaches and
competitive solutions either create security loopholes or cause unnecessary
business delays. 

"McAfee has been investing in technology to help our customers protect against
malware for 20 years," said Pat Calhoun, senior vice president and general
manager of network security at McAfee. "We are now extending our lead in malware
protection by continuing to invest in new products and product enhancements.
Point products can`t provide adequate protection against these advanced attacks,
which is why McAfee is delivering an integrated, multi layered, managed solution
that provides comprehensive malware protection across endpoints and networks." 

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About McAfee

McAfee, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), empowers
businesses, the public sector, and home users to safely experience the benefits
of the Internet. The company delivers proactive and proven security solutions
and services for systems, networks, and mobile devices around the world. With
its Security Connected strategy, innovative approach to hardware-enhanced
security, and unique Global Threat Intelligence network, McAfee is relentlessly
focused on keeping its customers safe.

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The information contained in this document is for informational purposes only
and should not be deemed an offer by McAfee or create an obligation on McAfee.
McAfee reserves the right to discontinue products at any time, add or subtract
features or functionality, or modify its products, at its sole discretion,
without notice and without incurring further obligations. 

1 McAfee Labs, Q4 2012 Threat Report

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