APT Threats Compel McAfee Updates

Monday, October 29, 2012 @ 12:10 PM gHale


A new generation of advanced persistent threats (APTs) forced McAfee to update its Endpoint Security platform.

In the ever changing and dynamic environment of cyber security, the company said the update would better equip systems to block highly sophisticated attack techniques, such as the use of master boot record (MBR) sabotage techniques and the use of Zero Day flaws for intrusion attempts.

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The update would look to not only expand the scope of protections for Endpoint Security, but also the new form factors, said Candace Worley, senior vice president and general manager of Endpoint Security for McAfee.

“We believe that the endpoint has to become more dynamic and context-aware,” Worley said.

“Devices are becoming more diverse, you have everything from a laptop and desktop to a tablet form factor.”

In addition to the MBR protections introduced, McAfee is updating the Enterprise Mobility manager to add support for iOS 6 devices and adding to the whitelisting protections on the McAfee Application Control administrator tool.

Encryption is also a priority in the update. The company said it would be updating the Endpoint Encryption platform to support PC and MacOS X systems. The update will include the use of new encryption algorithms from Intel which allow for faster encryption and decryption of data.

In addition to security enhancements, the company said the new Endpoint Encryption would simplify the process of managing and updating systems required to have encryption. By integrating the tool with the company’s ePolicy Orchestrator Deep Command console, administrators will be able to remotely access and patch end user systems without the need to enter credentials.

“If you have a full-disk encryption product and you power those systems off at night you need a body to type in that password to decrypt it and that is problematic,” Worley said, “This really addresses that case.”



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