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McAfee introduces unified cloud security platform

Rajiv GuptaMcAfee, the device-to-cloud cybersecurity company, have announced new innovations to its cloud-native MVISION platform with the availability of Unified Cloud Edge (UCE), which provides unified data and threat protection from device level to the cloud.

With this announcement, McAfee becomes the only vendor to provide a converged security solution to simplify the adoption of Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) architecture, which aims to increase security and reduce the cost and complexity of modern cybersecurity.

Companies are accelerating business optimisation through faster adoption of transformative cloud services, including better protection over data and assets. According to McAfee’s “Navigating a Cloudy Sky: Practical Guidance and the State of Cloud Security” report, more than 95% of companies today use cloud services and 83% store sensitive data in the cloud. Yet only 30 percent of companies state they can protect data with the same policies across their devices, network and in the cloud. Only 36% report they can enforce data loss prevention (DLP) rules in the cloud at all.

According to Gartner’s “The Future of Network Security Is in the Cloud” report, “By 2024, at least 40% of enterprises will have explicit strategies to adopt SASE, up from less than 1% in 2018.” Additionally, the report includes, “The adoption of SASE should offer key benefits: improved security, reduction in complexity and costs, ease of use and transparency for users, enable new business scenarios, improvement in performance and latency, enable zero trust network access, increased effectiveness of network and network security staff, centralised policy with local enforcement and low operational overhead.” At the same time, Gartner cautions, “For enterprises that attempt to build their own SASE stack out of disparate vendors and cloud offerings, as stitching this together will lead to inconsistent management and enforcement, poor performance, and expensive deployments.”

McAfee UCE was designed with a cloud-first mindset to simplify the implementation of SASE. It creates a safe environment for the adoption of cloud services and enables secure access to the cloud from any device for ultimate productivity across the workforce. By enforcing consistent policies across device, web and cloud, UCE protects data as it leaves the device, travels to and from the cloud, and within cloud services to create a new secure cloud edge for the enterprise. McAfee also announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Light Point Security, an award-winning pioneer of browser isolation.

Ash Kulkarni, executive vice president and chief product officer, McAfee, said: “The dispersion of data to the cloud, coupled with the myriad of devices available today has forever changed how we protect critical assets. “To recognise the full potential of the cloud, IT needs to secure data in cloud services they do not own and on networks they do not operate. UCE enables organizations to mount a powerful data-centric defence where modern work is done – from any device, to any cloud service.”

Available March 2020, UCE brings together the capabilities of McAfee Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB), Secure Web Gateway (SWG), and DLP in one cloud-native platform. Key benefits include:

Comprehensive visibility and consistent control over data from device to cloud. Enterprises have traditionally focused on implementing DLP on the device. As data moves to the cloud, they now face the daunting task of migrating these policies to the cloud. UCE reduces this operational overhead by synchronising DLP policies and supplies comprehensive visibility and control across device, web and the cloud.

Consistent threat protection with unified management and investigation. UCE supplies the ability to control access to all cloud services and protects against cloud-based threats and web attacks. A single console grants access to McAfee CASB and cloud-native SWG, which together deliver unprecedented cloud application control, tenant restrictions and zero-day malware protection.

Industry best Cloud SLA powered by a cloud native, direct-to-cloud (also known as ‘Internet Breakout’) architecture with enterprise scale and resilience. UCE eliminates the cost and complexity associated with hardware appliances, capacity restraints and MPLS routing by enabling a direct-to-cloud architecture at cloud scale. McAfee delivers 99.999% availability together with the industry best CASB and cloud native SWG.

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