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McAfee Network Intrusion Prevention Solution Raises the Bar in NSS Labs’ Tests


Industry Leading Accuracy Dramatically Reduces Tuning Requirements for McAfee Customers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - McAfee, Inc. (NYSE: MFE) announced that the McAfee® Network Security Platform M-8000 appliance scored highest in accuracy and throughput in recent comparative tests from NSS Labs. The results reflect McAfee’s commitment to unparalleled threat protection, network performance and operational excellence – all of which have been externally validated by independent reviewers, labs, analysts, and most importantly, customers.

In the tests, McAfee’s default security effectiveness scored an unprecedented 92 percent. Unlike with other IPS (Intrusion Prevention Systems) solutions, these results indicate that with McAfee IPS, organizations can achieve extremely high protection levels with little or no “tuning” effort. With industry average effectiveness hovering below 50 percent, this could be a game-changer for organizations that are not able to invest countless hours fine-tuning their IPS policies to achieve effective network security.

“McAfee has been a consistent performer in our tests, and this year they raised the bar,” said Rick Moy, president of NSS Labs. “Our test report and analysis, which are based upon real-world use cases and include over 1,100 live exploits, are a requirement for many organizations when deciding which products to purchase. Tuning is an important part of IPS management, and highly effective out-of-the-box policies help organizations achieve better protection with less effort.”

“We chose to use the McAfee Network Security Platform as a substantial component in our Managed Security product line and have been extremely impressed with their Recommended Policy,” says David Wilson, manager of Data Security at PAETEC, a managed provider of Network IPS services. “Tuning an IPS device is as much about avoiding false-positives as it is about blocking additional threats. The out-of-the-box accuracy we see in the McAfee Network Security Platform saves us countless hours each week and saves our customers the pain of unnecessary false positives compared to other solutions we’ve tested.”

For those organizations with the security expertise to tune their network IPS, McAfee scored 95 percent in that category. Highlights in the individual report for the McAfee network IPS solution include:

* Industry best 92 percent default security effectiveness
* Industry best 95 percent tuned security effectiveness
* Industry best 13.2+ Gbps real-world throughput
* 100 percent anti-evasion coverage

“This achievement underscores our relentless commitment to network security,” said Rees Johnson, senior vice president and general manager for network security at McAfee. “For more than seven years, McAfee has invested in creating a network security platform to ensure customers receive the best protection possible. Achieving such great scores in this NSS Labs study is a result of that commitment.”

McAfee introduced its groundbreaking, vulnerability-based network IPS in 2003, and since has maintained a keen focus on developing the world’s best network protection for customers. McAfee has engineers around the globe dedicated to the development of the McAfee Network Security Platform. Additionally, a team of 500 plus McAfee Labs researchers provide real-time vulnerability research to power the platform. The McAfee Network Security Platform is available in form factors ranging from 100Mbps for the branch office, to over 10Gbps for the data center and network core.

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