In a world where the volume and sophistication of security attacks increases with each passing day, the ability to send actionable, real-time alerts about such attacks can be the difference between stopping an attack and becoming its next victim.
To that end, McAfee, a unit of the Intel Security Division, has been steadily extending its Security Connected framework to include a real-time integration bus that now includes integration with the next-generation firewall technology McAfee gained by acquiring StoneSoft last year.
In the last couple of months, McAfee has been extending the scope of its Security Connected framework to create a more robust security intelligence platform first via a McAfee Threat Intelligence Exchange that provides a real-time integration bus to share information about security threats in real time.
Vinay Anand, vice president of product management for McAfee, says that rather than focusing on solely inspecting packets, the McAfee approach to security is evolving to focus on ensuring the security of entire data flows across the enterprise. That approach not only secures the integrity of an overall business process, it also makes it more difficult for hackers to break up their attacks across different packets using advanced evasion techniques (AETs).
The race is on to deliver more sophisticated security intelligence platforms that automate as much of the remediation process as possible. Who will ultimately win that race remains to be seen. But it’s clear that McAfee has a lot more resources to move ahead than it did before being acquired by Intel.