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McAfee extends Cloud Security platform

11 June 2012

McAfee has introduced the latest version of its enterprise Cloud Security Platform designed to feature improved integration and management tools as well as protections for browsing and remote workers.

Among the updates will be the release of security tools for users who run company notebooks outside of the corporate network. The company said that the Mobile Client Proxy would re-route traffic through either an on-premise server or a hosted SaaS platform which will allow for security protections and policies to be applied.

The company is also looking to extend security protections to web applications. Cloud Security will bring the ability to add data loss prevention (DLP) tools to web browser, enforcing DLP policies on browser-based applications and services.

Anne Aarness, McAfee senior product marketing manager, told that the feature will allow administrators to keep up with the transition from on-premise tools to web-based platforms.

"Email is how people usually look at DLP, but when you think about how organisations use the web today, they have lots of different ways for employees to get information out of the organisation," Aarness said.

"By including DLP into our web solution we can look at all these outbound web channels and provide protection."

Administrators will also be able to integrate the security platform with other enterprise security and reporting tools. The company said that it would be adding additional components to improve interactions with the ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO) administration platform.

Designed to function as the centre enterprise security deployments, ePO functions as a central management console for both McAfee-branded and third-party security components.

The update will also bring the addition of controls for YouTube. Administrators will be able to set specific controls which can block videos based on their descriptions and categories.

The aim of the feature is to allow limited access to business and educational materials without risking lost productivity or policy violations from other content.

"We have had a lot of educational institutions ask for tighter protections over YouTube," Aarness noted.

"They are just looking for tighter control over the platform, this capability allows them to have control over that."