McAfee: Every Second Counts in Fighting Cybercrime
(Pictured above: McAfee CEO Chris Young on stage at the company’s MPower event in Las Vegas, Oct. 2.)
MCAFEE MPOWER — McAfee on Wednesday upped the ante on cybercriminals and its competitors with the introduction of a new data-driven, analytics-based product designed o help organizations rapidly identify, prioritize and preemptively respond to targeted attacks.
MVision Insights was among new tools and capabilities unveiled during the opening keynote of the McAfee MPower 2019 Cybersecurity Summit in Las Vegas. The theme of this year’s conference is “It’s About Time.”
McAfee also announced Unified Cloud Edge, which combines MVision Cloud, Web Gateway and data loss prevention (DLP) products and services, and is available through the MVision ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO) platform. In addition, the company unveiled new functions within McAfee’s MVision portfolio, such as MVision Endpoint Protection and Response (EDR), which aims to help businesses protect their data and stop threats across devices, networks and the cloud.
Chris Young, McAfee’s CEO, said his company’s goal is to make every second count in the never-ending race to do more, secure more, save more and defend more.
“In the past we worried primarily about protecting legacy infrastructure,” he said. “Today, cloud is under attack. Time is underpinning our strategy to protect the cloud.”
The new cloud security offerings should drive a lot of opportunity for partners in a variety of different ways, Young said. Cloud remains an untapped opportunity for partners, and they need to be front and center with their customers when it comes to cloud security, he said.
“Not only is it a new capability to bring to the customer, but it’s helping them solve problems that a lot of our joint customers have been trying to solve,” he said. “How do I save myself time, common policy management, common threat defense capabilities; most of our partners today are service providers who bring along products to help solve a problem. So in a lot of ways, our partner community is increasingly a last-mile provider for the customer. The customer is looking to them to create the solution and close the loop … ‘give me the outcome that I want.’ Our product portfolio, our new capabilities, are designed to deliver upon those outcomes for the customers.”
In many organizations, McAfee partners are helping customers design the architecture that’s going to be necessary to implement those capabilities in their environment, Young said.
“Even something like cloud access security broker (CASB) that’s reasonably easy to implement because it’s a cloud service and you don’t have to deploy any equipment on prem, you still need expertise in what policies do I set, where do I set them, and you’ve got to monitor what’s going on,” he said. “Everything changes over time so you’ve got to be vigilant; you’ve got to manage these capabilities. I think the opportunity for our partner base is richer than it’s ever been because there’s new innovation from McAfee, more product capabilities that we’re bringing to market, and our velocity has really increased over the course of the last couple of years with new product introduction.”
McAfee’s acquisitions of NanoSec and Uplevel Security also will provide new opportunities for partners, Young said.
“The container security with NanoSec, it will be a net-new capability in the cloud in protecting against attacks or vulnerabilities in applications that are being built with the container architecture,” he said. “Uplevel is going to be more driving the insights element of what we’re providing, and insights are important for not only partners, but for …