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November 3, 2009

McAfee launches new email and web security appliance for SMBs

Includes appliance clustering with load balancing and URL filtering features

By CBR Staff Writer

McAfee has launched Email and Web Security Appliance 5.5, an application that provides email and web security in a single, integrated appliance.

The company claims that the new appliance helps to protect customers against email and web-borne threats, manage web and email traffic and usage, and reduce system administration requirements.

The McAfee Email and Web Security Appliances include new features and functionality, including Artemis and TrustedSource technology integration; appliance clustering with load balancing; which allows appliances to be clustered to share scanning responsibilities; new content policy wizard. It auto-detects network settings and provides a configuration wizard, helping to simplify installation requirements, reduce installation time and improve the overall user experience.

In addition, the new appliance also includes URL filtering. It includes more than 90 web site categories providing granular web usage monitoring and policy enforcement. The URL filtering also includes the McAfee Web Reporter package for simplified viewing of web utilisation and trends.

Dave Macey, general manager of the network security business unit at McAfee, said: “In addition to their market leading security effectiveness, these appliances also provide customers with email and Web usage policy enforcement capabilities, compliance tools, informative dashboards and comprehensive reporting.

“McAfee’s combined intelligence capabilities add an essential layer of protection to guard against today’s most advanced threats and work by accumulating data from millions of sensors, creating a real-time profile of all suspicious activity and content, and then watching for deviations based upon expected behavior.”

The new version of the McAfee Email and Web Security Appliance is expected to be available globally later this quarter.

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