McAfee shifts cloud security focus to email, personal data

McAfee is refocusing its cloud security platform to hone in on three areas: email, Web and identity.

McAfee is upgrading its Cloud Security Platform with some new features intended to address "the three primary channels of traffic," which are defined as email, Web and identity.

Phil Hochmuth, program manager of IDC’s Security Products service, defended these choices in prepared remarks, asserting that "identity, Web and email security components are critical as enterprise IT customers deploy both on-premise and off-premise Cloud-based solutions over the next several years."

  • Here's a rundown on some of the new features being added to the McAfee Cloud Security Platform:
  • Data loss prevention capabilities in email and web gateways
  • New Web reporting for McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator platform for greater visibility into security protections and incidents across the enterprise
  • Hybrid Web protection deployment support for on-premise and SaaS deployments from a single console to simplify management while ensuring consistent policy enforcement for all web traffic

Protection for mobile workers is a big theme here, in particular. Along with an identity manager that extends policy control decisions to both in-network and mobile devices, McAfee is also touting its Client Proxy for providing authentication and redirection of traffic from off-network laptops to a McAfee Web Protection solution.

These improvements might come in handy to alleviate woes about sensitive data and security related to BYOD trends as well as remote workers.

Overall, the framework is designed to enable business customers to extend their security and policy enforcement into the cloud, along with providing real-time protection and data about threats to all verticals, including the three aforementioned channels.