Damballa will integrate Failsafe botnet identification and mitigation appliances with McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator platform

October 20, 2009

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ATLANTA " October 20, 2009 " Damballa, Inc., a security company focused on protecting enterprises from botnet breaches, today announced that it has joined the McAfee' Security Innovation Alliance (SIA) partner program. As a member of the program, Damballa will integrate its Failsafe botnet identification and mitigation appliances with the McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator' (ePO) platform. This combination will give enterprises greater visibility and protection against the rapidly increasing number of bot-driven network attacks.

"Botnets have quickly become a significant vector for corporate fraud on the Internet. Many enterprises may not be aware that their PCs have been breached by botnets, or that these compromised systems host botnets and enable online crime," said Steve Linowes, CEO of Damballa. "Our partnership with McAfee will benefit customers by simplifying and accelerating the integration of botnet defense into the existing enterprise security fabric. It also represents a first step in Damballa's strategy to offer a comprehensive approach to enterprise risk management for a wider base of customers."

Bot-driven attacks are a real and growing threat to enterprises that create serious security breaches and jeopardize the data integrity of organizations. In a recent three-month study of 600 different botnets, Damballa found that up to nine percent of machines in a typical enterprise are already compromised by botnet breaches.

Damballa Failsafe delivers automated, high-fidelity protection against botnets by rapidly identifying botnet communications and intent. Failsafe then mitigates and disrupts malicious botnet activity. Failsafe integrates this enhanced insight into network and security infrastructure, which enables existing investments in enterprise security to work more efficiently and more effectively. Failsafe also provides detailed information on botnet malware, including directions on how best to remediate botnet breaches on individual compromised systems. The result is an automated, flexible network security defense that responds to current and future threats to the enterprise.

"We are pleased to welcome Damballa into the SIA program," said Ed Barry, senior director of the McAfee Security Innovation Alliance. "In recent years, bot threats have clearly grown as a threat vector for malicious cyber criminals. The bot detection capabilities of Damballa's Failsafe appliances complement the capabilities of ePO. When this integration is complete, it will offer our mutual customers a more complete security risk management solution."

The McAfee SIA is a 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. Working together, McAfee and its partners deliver solutions more comprehensive than those available from any single vendor. The ePO console is the first platform that lets enterprises and governments centrally manage security and compliance products from multiple vendors, offering unprecedented cost savings and return on investment. For more information on McAfee SIA and the McAfee ePO platform, please visit: http://www.mcafee.com/sia.

For more information on Damballa, please visit www.damballa.com or call 404-961-7400. And for an assessment of how many of your enterprise systems may be compromised by bot-driven targeted attacks, please visit the Damballa Risk Calculator at


For an ongoing conversation about targeted threats, please visit the Damballa blog, The DayBefore Zero, at http://blog.damballa.com/.

About Damballa, Inc.

Damballa closes the botnet security gap by rapidly identifying and disrupting the open communications channels that online criminals use to infiltrate enterprise networks. These products and services integrate easily with existing security investments for accurate, cost-effective protection against hidden breaches that evade other solutions. Damballa stops botnet breaches through high-fidelity detection, powerful mitigation guidance for botnet malware, and simple passive integration with existing network and security infrastructure. The result is a smarter, more flexible security solution that responds to a wider range of current and future online threats. Damballa is privately held and headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.


Media Contact:

Erin Dendinger

Merritt Group for Damballa


[email protected]

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