McAfee reaches out to cost-conscious businesses with a Web and e-mail security appliance, which is the company's first appliance that links to global threat intelligence from its Artemis and TrustedSource technologies.
Security firm McAfee has announced the release of a new version of its Email
and Web Security Appliance, aimed at helping SMBs protect against Web-based
threats, manage Web and e-mail traffic and usage, and reduce system
Version 5.5 of the McAfee Email and Web Security Appliance, expected to be
available globally later this quarter, is McAfee's first appliance to link to
global threat intelligence from its Artemis and TrustedSource technologies.
Through appliance clustering with load balancing, multiple appliances can be
clustered to share scanning responsibilities for improved resiliency,
scalability and consolidated management and reporting.
Dave Macey, general manager of the company's network security business unit,
said the appliance also provides customers with e-mail and Web usage policy
enforcement capabilities, compliance tools, informative dashboards and
comprehensive reporting. "McAfee's combined intelligence capabilities add an
essential layer of protection to guard against today's most advanced threats
and work by accumulating data from millions of sensors, creating a real-time
profile of all suspicious activity and content, and then watching for
deviations based upon expected behavior," he said.
The company has also simplified installation, with auto-detecting network
settings and a user-friendly configuration wizard, which includes new content
policy wizards. These wizards offer simplified creation and setup of content
policies and advanced dictionaries to simplify policy creation, which McAfee
said enables greater enforcement flexibility and reduces false positives and
URL filtering is also included in the 5.5 release at no additional cost.
Integrated into the appliance, the URL filtering includes more than 90 Website
categories providing granular Web usage monitoring and policy enforcement. In
addition, the URL filtering includes the McAfee Web Reporter package for
simplified viewing of Web utilization and trends.
"Customers want advanced e-mail and Web security technology that is
available as a single solution under a single management console-with the
McAfee Email and Web Security Appliances, there is no duct tape required," said
James Foster, CEO of McAfee Elite Partner
Ciphent. "McAfee is different from the competition in that it never limits
users to a single policy for all users, and all features for both e-mail and Web
are inherently included across the board."
With the release, McAfee is offering a 30-day Buyer's Assurance Program for
the Email and Web Security Appliances across the United
and Latin America. With the Buyer's Assurance Program,
customers can purchase a McAfee Email and Web Security Appliance and return it within
30 days for a refund if they are not completely satisfied with the product.
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.