The partnership between McAfee and Network Frontiers will enable large enterprises and heavily regulated industries such as utilities, healthcare, education, government, and finance to easily identify common control requirements across multiple regulations. Many organizations are unaware that there is currently a 70 percent or more commonality in regulation requirements. By identifying these commonalities, organizations can consolidate the time and IT investment required for compliance and audit activities - potentially realizing significant cost savings. This also enables businesses to leverage existing McAfee security technology investment and reduce policy processes into a unified plan to achieve and maintain continuous compliance across the enterprise.
"For the first time customers will be able to leverage their existing security technologies for compliance," said George Kurtz, senior vice president and general manager of McAfee's Risk and Compliance Business Unit. "McAfee is working with Network Frontiers to build this unique mapping tool in order deliver a truly comprehensive worldwide compliance matrix that will span McAfee's enterprise product portfolio."
Network Frontiers' United Compliance Framework (UCF) harmonizes IT controls from over 400 international regulatory requirements, standards and guidelines into a single set of straightforward requirements that clearly show the many points where global, state and industry regulations overlap. McAfee will utilize the UCF data framework to deliver a comprehensive worldwide compliance matrix of over 3,000 regulations applied across a complete range of security technologies and into a matrix tool specifically mapped to McAfee customers' needs.
"By taking a full view of compliance and a broad look at security McAfee is clearly taking a proactive leadership position in the security technology space. And they're making it easy for customers looking for both security and compliance solutions to satisfy both requirements," says Craig Isaacs, CEO of Network Frontiers.
Some of the most familiar regulations and guidelines harmonized by the UCF include: Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), International Variants, Basel II, Gramm-Leach-Bliley, Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), EU Data Privacy Act, NASD Manual, HIPAA, TIPEDA, FERC Security Program, Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA), FIPS 191, GAO Financial Audit Manual, IRS Revenue Procedure and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
About the UCF The Unified Compliance Framework is the first independent initiative to exclusively support IT compliance management by focusing on commonalities across regulations, standards-based development, and simplified architectures. Unified Compliance's strategic approach to IT compliance reduces cost, limits liability. The UCF's strategic approach simplifies compliance and standards, reduces cost, limits liability, and leverages the value of compliance-related technologies through a harmonized set of controls against which all regulatory standards and best practices can be mapped.
The UCF was created by Dorian Cougias and his research partner, Marcelo Halpern of the international law firm Latham and Watkins, which oversees all legal aspects of the UCF. More information can be found at www.unifiedcompliance.com.
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. http://www.mcafee.com