McAfee moves into the cloud with Security-as-a-Service solutions introduced
The company claimed that the solutions are designed to provide organisations with a comprehensive set of security products built in a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model.
It claimed that "by running security as a cloud-based SaaS solution, you can reduce your capital investment, eliminate onsite administration, and reallocate IT resources to projects better aligned to your initiatives."
The McAfee Security SaaS portfolio will include the Total Protection Service that delivers one integrated endpoint, email and web security solution that protects desktops, servers and other devices against malware that are all managed online with the SecurityCenter.
The Email Security Service stops email-borne attacks and spam before they reach your network and enforces outbound email policies to prevent sensitive data leaks. The Web Protection Service stops malware and other web-borne threats, using URL filtering and McAfee TrustedSource reputation-based security technology to enforce security policies in real-time.
Vulnerability scanning is offered via the Vulnerability Assessment SaaS while the PCI Certification Service scans web applications and provides remediation assistance and reporting to help merchants successfully satisfy Payment Card Industry security compliance demands.
Finally, the Partner Security Service program provides value-added partners with a toolkit in the form of an online Partner SecurityDashboard that allows MSPs, MSSPs and other service providers to deliver managed services based on McAfee Security SaaS technology.
A company statement said: “At McAfee, security is our only focus, which enables us to build products that anticipate threats and help you stay a step ahead of would-be attackers. With IT departments stretched thin, it makes sense to entrust to the experts those areas that are outside your expertise, so you can focus your talent and resources where they can add the most value to the business.”
Commenting on this, James Palmer, vice president of SaaS strategy at Symantec, said: “In line with analyst forecasts, and what we hear from our own clients, we expect the adoption of SaaS to grow significantly over the coming years, which is why it is a key priority for the company, and an area where we already have significant leadership to build on. It's not surprising then that others are trying to enter this growing market.”