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McAfee desktop firewall 8.5 defends enterprises against insecure mobile client access and ensures policy compliance

  • 19 April, 2005 14:06

<p>New version of McAfee Desktop Firewall helps small to large businesses design system security policy for specific business environments</p>
<p>SYDNEY, April 19, 2005 - McAfee, Inc., the pioneer and worldwide leader of intrusion prevention solutions, today announced McAfee Desktop Firewall 8.5, an enhanced version of its distributed software firewall for small to large enterprises that need robust protection from today’s sophisticated threats and targeted hacker attacks. McAfee Desktop Firewall 8.5 includes multi-layered protection through inbound and outbound traffic monitoring, policy enforcement and reporting, select intrusion prevention capabilities and application monitoring. With McAfee Desktop Firewall 8.5, administrators can now control access for traveling or remote users through Connection Aware Policies, which apply a pre-defined firewall rule set based on whether the user’s connection meets certain criteria—helping to increase network security by reducing exposure to potentially unsecured network connections.</p>
<p>Mobile users and road warriors access the corporate infrastructure in different ways, such as broadband, dial-up and virtual private network connections (VPN), and each method of connection requires unique control policies. McAfee Desktop Firewall 8.5 gives organisations the flexibility to selectively define different polices based on whether the user has passed a number of connection criteria, such as verifying the gateway IP and Mac address prior to connection to the home network. Once verified, McAfee Desktop Firewall 8.5 can issue a separate policy rule set that provides specific network access privileges to the client.</p>
<p>“In a recent Forrester study among SMBs and enterprises, companies rated viruses and worms as the most serious security threat, but were not always investing in the right tools to defend against these threats,” said David Friedlander, senior analyst, Forrester US. “Personal firewalls are no longer a nice to have they are a necessity. Companies should install personal firewalls on all machines that leave the corporate network. In addition, they should protect their desktop computers, which become vulnerable to malicious code the second a remote machine plugs back into the corporate network.”</p>
<p>McAfee Desktop Firewall 8.5 provides network quarantining and complete client lockdown to help organisations regain control of their networked clients. The solution resides on a desktop or server, helping to monitor internal traffic traveling between desktop and servers to prevent and block internal threats. McAfee Desktop Firewall 8.5 is easily deployed and can be centrally managed under a single console with McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO) for the enterprise, which provides scaleable centralised management, deployment and graphical reporting. McAfee Desktop Firewall 8.5 can be purchased as a standalone product to add onto existing implementations or within the McAfee Active Threat Protection suite.</p>
<p>“McAfee Desktop Firewall 8.5 provides an advanced layer of security for corporate systems and is an essential component of McAfee’s comprehensive system security strategy for a complete lockdown against today’s threats,” said Allan Bell, Asia Pacific Marketing Director for McAfee, Inc. “With connection aware policies, our enterprise users have improved policy flexibility to meet the varying security requirements common to distributed businesses.”</p>
<p>Pricing and Availability</p>
<p>McAfee Desktop Firewall 8.5 is currently available in Australia and New Zealand from AU$20.65 per node (101 - 250 nodes) or NZ$24.08 per node (101-250).</p>
<p>About McAfee, Inc.</p>
<p>McAfee, Inc., headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., a worldwide leader in Intrusion Prevention and Risk Management solutions, delivers proven security products and services to help customers effectively balance the competing priorities between business needs and security requirements. McAfee applies profound security expertise toward helping companies, government agencies and consumers block attacks, prevent disruptions, and continuously track and improve the security of their systems and networks. For more information, McAfee, Inc. can be reached at www.mcafee.com.</p>
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<p>NOTE: McAfee, ePolicy Orchestrator and ePO are registered trademarks or trademarks of McAfee, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the United States and other countries. The colour red in connection with security is distinctive of McAfee brand products. All other registered and unregistered trademarks in this document are the sole property of their respective owners. Copyright 2005 McAfee, Inc.</p>
<p>For further media information, please contact:</p>
<p>Natalie Connor</p>
<p>Tel: +61 (0)2 9956 5733</p>
<p>E-mail: natalie.connor@text100.com.au</p>

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