McAfee Beefs Up Mobility Management, Endpoint Protection

McAfee has integrated its Enterprise Mobility Management software with the company's ePolicy Orchestrator platform.

Security specialist McAfee announced that has integrated its Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) technology with the company's ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO) platform—which is designed to help organizations protect their data on company-issued and employee-owned devices, from smartphones to desktop computers, through a single, unified infrastructure and console.

The EMM software includes the company's Secure Container for Android and VirusScan Mobile for Android software. The software provides mobile security for devices, data and applications, as well as mobile-device management. The platform also supports hosting and distribution of corporate apps and public apps for Apple iOS and Android operating systems, including support for Apple's Volume Purchase Program. The EMM software is now part of the Complete Endpoint Protection suites.

The combination of EMM software with the included ePO management platform offers a range of enhancements including end-to-end security and compliance visibility from a single, unified infrastructure and console and streamlined processes by leveraging ePO platform automation including device tagging, automated workflows, and actionable drag-and-drop dashboards.

Other features include granular policy-based security, including per-user, device and operating system options, mobile monitoring, alerting, analytics and reporting, including mobile-specific reports and dashboards and scalability of up to 25,000 devices per server and more than 100,000 devices if using load-balancing.

"Businesses are leveraging mobile technologies to deliver a competitive edge yet many organizations manage these devices separately from their core infrastructure," Ari Jaaksi, senior vice president and general manager of mobile engineering operations at McAfee, said in a statement. "Every device that's connected to the Internet or that has access to an organization's network or database needs to be secured and managed. McAfee is making it easier for IT departments to see and manage their mobile footprint along with the rest of their infrastructure."

McAfee also introduced two endpoint-protection suites, Complete Endpoint Protection–Enterprise and Complete Endpoint Protection–Business. The endpoint-protection suites link security from chip to operating systems to applications, protecting against new threat vectors and bringing visibility to risk management. The suites are the first to include Deep Defender, a rootkit protection based on hardware-enhanced security jointly developed by Intel and McAfee, dynamic whitelisting, risk intelligence and real-time security management.

The suites also include Application Control for PCs and dynamic whitelisting for notebooks and desktops. In addition, they are designed to reduce the chance of infection or disruption by containing the applications a user can run, including preventing malware from executing.

"A few years ago, McAfee created the first security suites. We remain a market leader in what is estimated by IDC to be a $2 billion market in 2013. That's more than half of all endpoint-security sales," Candace Worley, senior vice president and general manager of endpoint security at McAfee, said in a statement. "Now, through performance and automation enhancements to our existing market-leading defenses and integration of distinctive and compelling new protections, McAfee suites again define a new level of endpoint protection—one that is firing on all cylinders: speed, security, simplicity and value."