Can McAfee’s New Security Updates Assuage Cloud Computing Fears?

Can McAfee’s New Security Updates Assuage Cloud Computing Fears?

Security was, is, and will continue to remain a major issue in cloud computing. In spite of the relative newness of the technology, many companies are trying to improve matters in this field. These include startups (See: What Bromium’s Funding Means for Cloud Security ) as well as established names like McAfee, Inc.

Here are some older articles dealing with security on the cloud:1. US Cyber Command Chief Gives Cloud Computing Security His Vote of Confidence
http://www.cloudtweaks.com/2011/11/us-cyber-command-chief-gives-cloud-computing-security-his-vote-of-confidence/
2. Health Care’s Reservations about Cloud Computing
http://www.cloudtweaks.com/2011/06/health-care%E2%80%99s-reservations-about-cloud-computing/
3. Are Cloud Computing Service Providers Shirking Responsibility On Security?
http://www.cloudtweaks.com/2011/05/are-cloud-computing-service-providers-shirking-responsibility-on-security/
4. What Effect Will the Epsilon Data Theft have on Cloud Computing?
http://www.cloudtweaks.com/2011/04/what-effect-will-the-epsilon-data-theft-have-on-cloud-computing/
5. Which is the Safer Cloud – Public or Private?
http://www.cloudtweaks.com/2011/04/which-is-the-safer-cloud-%E2%80%93-public-or-private/
6. What’s happening At the RSA Conference?
http://www.cloudtweaks.com/2011/02/what%E2%80%99s-happening-at-the-rsa-conference/
7. Big 4 Auditing Firm Ernst & Young Joins Cloud Security Alliance
http://www.cloudtweaks.com/2011/02/big-4-auditing-firm-ernst-young-joins-cloud-security-alliance/
8. Is Cloud Computing Secure? Yes, Another Perspective
http://www.cloudtweaks.com/2011/01/the-question-should-be-is-anything-truly-secure/

 

McAfee has for long been a leader in information security, with its eponymous anti-virus software populating millions of personal computers worldwide. Last year, it launched the Cloud Secure program, a new service for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) providers to add additional security to their cloud deployments. Soon after, Intel announced that its intention to buy McAfee for $48 a share in a deal valued at $7.68 billion. Today, as a fully-owned subsidiary of Intel, McAfee continues to leverage both companies’ competencies to improve its existing portfolio of services.

As per the official press release, the updates include:

  • McAfee Cloud Identity Manager, also available from Intel as Intel(R) Expressway Cloud Access 360, expands integration with SAML aware and traditional log-in cloud applications and enhances end user ease of use with an SSO Portal for centralized, seamless access.
  • McAfee Data Loss Prevention (DLP) safeguards information moving to the cloud. Highlights in the version 9.2 release include virtual machine support that enables organizations to leverage their on-premise or cloud infrastructures and data classification capabilities for rapid inventory, categorization and remediation of data across hundreds of servers and thousands of file shares.
  • McAfee Email Gateway version 7.0, which completes consolidation of the Secure Computing Email Gateway (IronMail) platform with the McAfee Email and Web Security appliance platform, offers new advanced encryption features, including push and pull, and the ability to view encrypted messages from mobile devices. McAfee SaaS Email Protection has enhanced DLP capabilities through the addition of file fingerprinting.
  • McAfee Services Gateway, also available from Intel as Intel(R) Expressway Service Gateway, now has support for IBM MQ and Splunk for reporting, and high-assurance security certifications. McAfee Services Gateway expands security for REST Web services with new policy controls, support for Salesforce.com APIs and SAML for identity processing.
  • McAfee Web Gateway version 7.1.6 offers enhanced features to limit corporate liability and exposure, and enforce corporate Web usage policies for increased security. McAfee Web Gateway application control now leverages the McAfee AppPrism(TM) database for granular control of over 1,000 Web applications.

Organizations want to take advantage of the time- and money-saving benefits of the Cloud, but they have concerns around data security,” said Marc Olesen, senior vice president and general manager, Content and Cloud Security at McAfee. “Offering comprehensive security capabilities from both Intel and McAfee, we are developing and investing in technology that makes it possible for businesses to more confidently use and trust the Cloud, and subsequently benefit from the savings it can offer.”

To answer the question posed in the title, I would say “assuage” would be the right word to use, considering it means to mitigate. McAfee is a name long associated with security, and the more it makes its presence felt in the cloud, the better it is for the industry.

By Sourya Biswas

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Sourya Biswas is a former risk analyst who has worked with several financial organizations of international repute, besides being a freelance journalist with several articles published online. After 6 years of work, he has decided to pursue further studies at the University of Notre Dame, where he has completed his MBA. He holds a Bachelors in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Information Technology. He is also a member of high-IQ organizations Mensa and Triple Nine Society and has been a prolific writer to CloudTweaks over the years... http://www.cloudtweaks.com/author/sourya/
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