McAfee outlines strategy for future of Business Security

by CXOtoday News Desk    Jan 22, 2013


Information technology has transcended boundaries to suit the requirements of the mobile workforce, providing them anytime and anywhere access. At the same time, there is a growing threat from cyber criminals. In such a scenario, integrated security solutions with built in intelligence and policies become the need of the hour. A recent report from McAfee points out that in the increasingly complex and sophisticated security landscape, enterprises should shift their strategy from a piece-meal approach involves deploying anti-virus, firewall, encryption solutions in silos to integrated security solutions that can make it easier to manage the complexity of the current threats.

As part of its Security Connected series, the security company recently announced its plans to expand its current portfolio through strategic acquisitions, development projects and key partnerships to deliver more integrated solutions and comprehensive protection across mobile devices, endpoints, servers, and network through an extensible framework.

It has been observed that when organizations deploy a number of separate technologies, gaps are created which lead to breaches and compliance violations and allows attacks to happen easily. In 2012, attacks such as Flame and Shamoon exposed vulnerabilities in the point security product approach. The McAfee report reveals that the biggest day-to-day cost driver for organizations is operations including managing multiple security consoles, numerous policies and rules, and constant updates.

“Security is now a boardroom level discussion. The stakes are high, and businesses require a new model that gives them a comprehensive picture of their entire IT infrastructure,” said Michael Fey, CTO at McAfee in a statement. He believes that the industry has been built on traditional thought process that will not support the demands of the future. “Enterprises and security providers must move to having a real-time understanding and response capability if we are to meet the needs of the future,” he said.

Experts believe that there is a requirement for solutions that integrate network and endpoint through a centralized management and framework. As Chris Christiansen, Program Vice President, Security Products and Services group at IDC pointed out that businesses are looking for integrated security solutions with built in intelligence and policies as the changes in business today will require them to move from simply securing components, to understanding and measuring the security of a business system as a whole.

McAfee too believes that effective strategies built around integrated security solutions will help enterprises delivers business efficiency, predictability and actionable information.