Novell, McAfee Partner To Deliver Stronger Security Policy Enforcement

Companies will enhance McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO) with a holistic view of both network events and users

April 22, 2009

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SAN FRANCISCO --(Business Wire)-- Apr 21, 2009 At the RSA Conference 2009, Novell and McAfee, Inc. (NYSE: MFE) today announced a partnership that will enhance McAfee' ePolicy Orchestrator' (ePO) with a holistic view of both network events and users. This combined approach will accelerate and pinpoint response to potential threats and provide administrators the much-needed ability to automatically enforce security and identity access-related policies, making it easy to prove compliance and ensure trusted access.

Current McAfee ePO software customers will be able to use Novell' Sentinel to create an "identity aware" environment using real-time monitoring and remediation of network events to better manage and mitigate business risk. Novell Sentinel is the industry's only solution that ties identities, systems and data together to deliver a centralized view of business operations through an automated process that can stop violations before they happen.

"With multiple users sharing computers, system administrators need to be able to enforce security policies on a per-user and not just a per-endpoint basis," said Jim Ebzery, senior vice president and general manager, identity and security management solutions at Novell. "This complexity necessitates user-specific security monitoring and enforcement to better secure the network and accelerate the response to any incidents."

Novell Sentinel will allow McAfee ePO software users to track network activity that is deemed non-compliant, in violation, or suspect, and to receive alerts through the ePO console or through reports provided by Novell Sentinel. Events and alerts can be collected from ISP devices and multiple network access control (NAC) products.

"Novell's unique combination of identity and access management and security monitoring capabilities will give McAfee ePO software users powerful visibility into user-specific events that are non-compliant and/or suspicious," said Joe Gottlieb, vice president of corporate strategy and technology alliances, McAfee. "This gives customers greater confidence that they will have auditable compliance and is a unique differentiation that will enhance the ePO solution."

The new offering will be delivered as a result of Novell joining McAfee's SIA technology partnering program, created to help accelerate the development of interoperable security products and to simplify the integration of these products within complex customer environments. As part of the program, Novell will implement data and policy integration features between Sentinel and the McAfee ePO console, McAfee's centralized security and compliance management system.

About McAfee, Inc.

McAfee, Inc., headquartered in Santa Clara, California, is the world's largest dedicated security technology company. McAfee is relentlessly committed to tackling the world's toughest security challenges. The company delivers proactive and proven solutions and services that help secure systems and networks around the world, allowing users to safely connect to the Internet, browse and shop the web more securely. Backed by an award-winning research team, McAfee creates innovative products that empower home users, businesses, the public sector and service providers by enabling them to prove compliance with regulations, protect data, prevent disruptions, identify vulnerabilities, and continuously monitor and improve their security.

About Novell

Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL) delivers the best engineered, most interoperable Linux* platform and a portfolio of integrated IT management software that helps customers around the world reduce cost, complexity and risk. With our infrastructure software and ecosystem of partnerships, Novell harmoniously integrates mixed IT environments, allowing people and technology to work as one. For more information, visit

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