McAfee Intros Data Loss Solution

McAfee announced McAfee Data Loss Prevention (DLP) Host, which prevents confidential data loss through malicious and unintentional means

Dark Reading Staff, Dark Reading

February 4, 2007

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- McAfee, Inc. (NYSE: MFE), today announced McAfeeR Data Loss Prevention (DLP) Host, a comprehensive solution which prevents confidential data loss through malicious and unintentional means. McAfee DLP offers organizations full control and absolute visibility to data leaving endpoints via email, instant messaging, printed documents, USB drives, CD-ROMs, and more. McAfee is the only vendor to offer Data Loss Prevention as part of a comprehensive, integrated security risk management portfolio.

Recent data losses have translated directly into lost revenues, reduced stock price and market capitalization, tarnished brand reputation and reduced consumer confidence. For example, according to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, more than 100 million data records of U.S. residents have been exposed due to security breaches since February 2005. McAfee research, announced separately today, indicates that despite clear corporate policies, data loss through e-mail, print and portable devices remains a huge problem.

"Information is the life blood of every business," said Vimal Solanki, senior director of product marketing at McAfee. "Financial documents, customer data, source code, and intellectual property are potentially just a few mouse-clicks away from being distributed to unauthorized recipients, exposing the organization to the risks of data loss. McAfee Data Loss Prevention Host allows organizations to gain full control and retain absolute visibility of the data leaving the organization."

"Data loss prevention is a top priority for Partner," said Micky Belhassen, Information Security Manager of Partner Communications Company Ltd., operating the Orange(TM) network in Israel. "Our purpose is to protect company information assets from as many directions as possible. McAfee DLP Host technology was superior to all the alternatives we examined, such as gateway-only solutions that do not protect from client based leakage like offline work using laptops or data loss to removable storage devices. We look forward to McAfee's DLP solution being integrated into McAfee's Security Risk Management approach."

McAfee DLP Host includes features such as content and context-aware protection to block sensitive data transfer even if the data is manipulated, copied, pasted, compressed, or encrypted. McAfee DLP Host also provides universal protection by preventing data loss at work, as well as "protection on-the-go" for remote users at home or on the road by enforcing data protection policies even when laptops are disconnected from the corporate network.

"In order to successfully defend against information leaks, products must reside on the desktop of those who have access to highly sensitive information and monitor the following: file transfer to and from peripherals like USB drives; copying and pasting of information across applications; and the use of output channels like printing and faxing. Context, in addition to content, is also critical for analysis and classification - and capturing full context requires a desktop agent," wrote Jonathan Penn, vice president, research director at Forrester, in "The Forrester Wave: Information Leak Prevention", Q4 2006, December 2006.

McAfee Inc. (NYSE: MFE)

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