Friday, 27 January 2012

McAfee announces Application Control software for enterprises

McAfee has announced the latest version of their Application Control software, which is now integrated with McAfee Global Threat Intelligence to show the file reputation of every file in the enterprise. This feature coupled with whitelisting and memory protection makes it an ideal solution for blocking advanced persistent threats and zero-day attacks. The solution is centrally managed by McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator software and uses a dynamic trust model, which reduces costs.
Complete security package
Complete security package

Protecting the desktop and the endpoint is essential as that is often a vulnerable point subject to human error.  Employees and online users can unintentionally introduce software that installs malware, creates support issues, and violates software licenses, thus compromising systems and the overall business.  McAfee Application Control allows only trusted applications to run on the company’s endpoints and servers.

Some of the key features of Application Control include:
  • McAfee Global Threat Intelligence – a cloud based knowledge of reputation of files which is used by McAfee Application Control to classify applications as good or bad. This feature indicates whether any malware is being whitelisted inadvertently and also highlights files without a reputation, which need to be investigated internally.
  • Dynamic Whitelisting - can configure it such that the whitelist will grow dynamically when systems are patched and updated, which alleviates the hassle of manual updates to the whitelist. 
  • Memory Protection - helps ensure that the whitelisted programs which might contain some inherent vulnerabilities that cannot be exploited through a buffer overflow or other means. This feature helps prevent complex threats from circumventing whitelisting.
  • McAfee Ecosystem - well integrated within the McAfee product ecosystem to create a multi-faceted whitelisting solution. Integration with the ePolicy Orchestrator platform gives organizations a single security console to manage all their security solutions, thus improving operational efficiency. Additionally, integration with McAfee Risk Advisor helps prioritize, which systems to patch first and offers visibility on whether or not McAfee Application Control gives them coverage from the most recent threats.

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