McAfee Introduces Network Security Platform

Updated Network Security Platform capable of scaling up to 80 Gbps

May 9, 2012

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INTEROP 12, LAS VEGAS — May 8, 2012 — McAfee announces several new capabilities to its McAfee Network Security Platform, including a scalable 80 Gbps IPS solution that has been validated at over twice the performance capability of other high-capacity network IPS solutions available. In this new offering, McAfee offers advanced threat protection across physical, virtual and cloud environments and addresses the needs of privateclouds in the data center, Telco core networks and service providers networks.

"As organizations increase the capacity of their networks, we have seen an increase in the need for high throughput security solutions,” says Vikram Phatak, CTO, NSS Labs. “At NSS Labs we go to great lengths to determine the maximum performance a device can maintain under real-world conditions without degrading protection. We put the McAfee Network Security Platform XC Cluster through our full network IPS test rigor and it successfully passed over 72 Gbps of inspected traffic while maintaining an overall protection rating of 95 percent.”

Data centers have increasingly high-density server environments that require high switching and routing capacity. Organizations face difficult choices when it comes to performance and security, sometimeseven limiting security in order to meet performance demands. In today’s threat environment, organizations can no longer afford to sacrifice security for performance. Visibility and management are also key concerns as networks become more dynamic. McAfee uniquely addresses these issues with its new XC Cluster solution.

The new McAfee Network Security Platform XC Cluster is a high performance solution that gracefully scales to 80 Gbps throughput and 32 million concurrent connections. The latest release of McAfee Network Security Platform allows organizations to scale as you grow, providing the following Next Generation Network IPS features for their environments:

Multi-tenancy for Telco and Service Providers– McAfee Network Security Platform includes granular multi-tenancy options that are purpose built for service provider environments. Create up to 1000 virtual IPS policies per appliance, with granular policy control in each and unique rule-set capability, including features for mobile service providers, allowing management of network policies for separate customers or services.

Inspection of Virtual Environments -- McAfee Network Security Platform includes native inspection of virtual environments through the VMware vShield API. Enforce policy regardless of where the VM physically resides, allowing organizations to leverage native VCenter tools to integrate network security within virtual environments.

Behavior-based Threat Detection – A new Network Threat Behavior Analysis virtual appliance extends IPS with enhanced visibility, leveraging the network’s Flow data, including rich layer 7 information, to give context to IPS threats. The correlation of network application flows to build a richer picture of threats within the network allows for time-based analysis of threat and application activity.

Additional Resources:

For more information about McAfee Network Security Platform visit:

McAfee Network Security Platform Update Video:

McAfee Network Security Platform XC Cluster Data Sheet:

McAfee White Paper, Scalable Network Security for the Virtual Data Center:

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