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July 20, 2010

McAfee unveils Risk Management offering

Claims to help businesses prioritise and mitigate IT risks

By CBR Staff Writer

McAfee has unveiled its risk management offering for IT security that combines real-time threat intelligence with global vulnerability scanning across applications, databases and networks.

The company said that its new offering correlates with security countermeasures already in place, to help organisations assess their highest priority risks. It consists of risk management dashboard Risk Advisor 2.5, vulnerability assessment product Vulnerability Manager 7.0 and Vulnerability Manager for Databases.

McAfee said that its new offering’s in-built Risk Advisor enables organisations to understand their risk posture across meaningful sector of their IT environment to know precisely what is needed to optimise their security. Risk Advisor 2.5 include risk scoring and advanced patch optimisation.

Risk Management’s embedded feature Vulnerability Manager 7.0 adds web application scanning and enables organisations to discover and scan web applications. Vulnerability Manager for Databases automatically finds databases on the network, determines if the new patches have been applied, and tests for weak passwords, default accounts, and other common vulnerabilities.

The company said that risk management offering, when combined with the ePolicy Orchestrator platform, endpoint and network defense products, and other partner products, delivers the ability for any-sized organisation to optimise its security posture and comply with regulatory mandates.

Stuart McClure, senior vice president and general manager of risk and compliance for McAfee, said: "That’s because those products are not designed to work together and do not tie the ability to identify and prioritise risks with the ability to mitigate them. McAfee is unique in delivering a holistic approach to managing risk that takes into account deployed countermeasures."

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