McAfee has launched versions of its anti-virus that are specific to the Mac platform.

The company said that McAfee Internet Security includes its SiteAdvisor technology to protect users from malicious websites and browser exploits and it notifies users whether an e-commerce site has been scanned by McAfee for potential vulnerabilities.

It also includes the Secure Search tool that allows users to search, explore and shop more securely, while the two-way firewall monitors all data entering and leaving the Mac and helps block hackers from accessing the computer.

 “McAfee Internet Security suite helps Apple users confidently live their digital lives,” said Todd Gebhart, executive vice president and general manager, consumer, mobile and small business at McAfee.  “It will protect Mac users from the growing threats users experience while searching the internet every day, and McAfee Family Protection allows parents to keep a watchful eye over their kids' activities.”

McAfee Family Protection for Mac is designed to give parents a way to protect and monitor their children when using the internet and includes web content and program blocking, time limits with activity reports and instant notifications.

It also claimed that McAfee Family Protection is available for Apple mobile products, including the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

The launch follows McAfee's introduction of a new risk management solution this week, which combines real-time threat intelligence with global vulnerability scanning across applications, databases and networks.

A combination of its Risk Advisor 2.5, Vulnerability Manager 7.0 and Vulnerability Manager for Databases, McAfee claimed that the risk management solution automatically pulls information together into a real-time risk analytics engine to enable organisations to fully understand their risk posture.

Risk Advisor 2.5 correlates threat, vulnerability and countermeasure information to pinpoint critical assets at risk; Vulnerability Manager 7.0 is a vulnerability assessment product with deep web application scanning; and Vulnerability Manager for Databases automatically finds databases on the network, determines if the latest patches have been applied, and tests for weak passwords, default accounts, and other common vulnerabilities.

Stuart McClure, senior vice president and general manager, risk and compliance at McAfee, said: “Enterprises are realising that they can no longer rely on point products to mitigate risk. That is because those products are not designed to work together and do not tie the ability to identify and prioritise risks with the ability to mitigate them. McAfee is unique in delivering a holistic approach to managing risk that takes into account deployed countermeasures.”

McAfee has also appointed a vice president and chief technology officer for the EMEA region. Raj Samani will report to worldwide chief technology officer George Kurtz and to David Quantrell, McAfee president of EMEA.

His responsibility will be to drive innovation and relevance in the product development cycle and on advancing relationships with key customers and partners, particularly in support of the region's unique business and regulatory requirements.  He was previously CISO at Capgemini and has held positions at Deloitte, Touche and Qualys.

Kurtz said: “McAfee has gained a valuable expert in the information security industry and Raj will bring an added dimension to the McAfee Office of the CTO.  His extensive involvement in initiatives to improve the awareness and application of security mean that he is well placed to guide McAfee, our partners and our customers as we focus on bolstering security products, measures and initiatives across the globe.”