McAfee lays out its plans to expand its software-as-a-service business with an eye toward gaining traction among enterprises. To back up its talk, McAfee announces the addition of Web filtering and vulnerability assessment to its SAAS portfolio.
It's no secret that adoption of software as a service is growing,
particularly when it comes to security.
All of the major vendors have made a push around cloud-based services, Symantec
with the acquisition
Micro with its Smart Protection Network pitch.
Now it's McAfee's turn to
July 20 announced the release of McAfee Total Protection Service 5.0
and outlined its plans for expanding its SAAS portfolio. Much of McAfee's pitch
centers on providing better ROI to businesses-which Marc Olesen, senior vice
president and general manager of McAfee's SAAS business, said is the driving
force for adoption.
"From a time standpoint, [with SAAS] the solution is up, running and
available," Olesen said. "It takes minutes to turn customers on ... Whereas
if you compare that to on-premises [options], you have got to provision
hardware and install the software, you've got to troubleshoot it and you're
just extending out your ROI. That's just [savings] in time."
In particular, the company is focused on the enterprise space, where its SAAS
offerings have not made as much progress as among smaller businesses. While
small and midsize businesses may see SAAS as a way to do something they don't
have the expertise or personnel to do on their own, the decision-making process
for enterprises involves sizing up whether or not they want to do something
in-house, Olesen explained.
With Total Protection Service 5.0, organizations can choose from a mix of
capabilities, ranging from e-mail and endpoint protection to the newly added
Web filtering and vulnerability assessment capabilities. Looking ahead, McAfee said
it wants to continue to build more and more security features into the cloud-effectively
offering the same type of protection via SAAS as it does via on-premises
"We want everything to be integrated [with] the online management
console, so that will include data protection, that will include network
protection around intrusion prevention and VPN and firewall, and ultimately
being able to roll everything up and correlate it in a security information management
system," Olesen said.
When it comes to e-mail, the company wants to get more into the area of
archiving and continuity. McAfee also wants to move its vulnerability scanning
inside the firewall, Olesen said.
"The longer-term vision among all of this is that it is ultimately
choice across the board," he told eWEEK. "Any type of security; you
can get it in the cloud or on-premises, it's the same functionality. It's just
where you want to allocate your resources."