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McAfee Positioned in the Leaders Quadrant in Analyst Firm’s Magic Quadrant for Network Intrusion Prevention


Position Based on McAfee’s Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - McAfee (NYSE: MFE) today announced that leading research firm Gartner, Inc. has placed the company in the “Leaders” quadrant in its “Magic Quadrant for Network Intrusion Prevention System Appliances,” as published on Dec. 6, 2010.1 This is the 5th time in a row that McAfee has been acknowledged as a leader in Gartner’s Network Intrusion Prevention Magic Quadrant.

According to Gartner, vendors listed in the Leaders quadrant “demonstrate balanced progress and effort in all execution and vision categories. Their actions raise the competitive bar for all products in the market, and they can change the course of the industry. To remain leaders, vendors must demonstrate a track record of delivering successfully in enterprise IPS deployments and in winning competitive assessments. Leaders produce products that provide high signature quality and low latency, are innovating with or ahead of customer challenges (such as using endpoint intelligence to make more-efficient detections) and have a range of models. Leaders continually win selections and are consistently visible on enterprise shortlists. However, a leading vendor is not a default choice for every buyer, and clients should not assume that they must buy only from vendors in the Leaders quadrant.”

Factors contributing to a company’s ability to execute include products and services, overall viability, sales and marketing execution, and customer experience. Gartner evaluates a company’s completeness of vision by considering its market understanding, sales and marketing strategy, offering or product strategy, business model, and innovation.

“Customers and partners turn to the McAfee® Network IPS solutions because of our comprehensive, integrated and proven approach to network security,” said Rees Johnson, senior vice president and general manager for network security at McAfee. “Our position in the Leader’s quadrant of this highly-regarded network IPS assessment confirms our relentless commitment to Network IPS and Network Security. Our approach offers both superior protection and decreased maintenance costs.”

Since pioneering the IPS industry with the world’s first purpose-built intrusion detection and prevention appliance, the McAfee® Network Security Platform has continued to raise the bar for next-generation IPS technology. Earlier this quarter, McAfee was recognized in the NSS Labs IPS comparative vendor study, and had the highest accuracy and throughput of any product tested to date.

“We believe the NSS comparative study, combined with Gartner’s independent evaluation of our Network IPS solutions, demonstrates our undisputed leadership in Network IPS and Network Security,” said Johnson.

To view the Magic Quadrant for Network Intrusion Prevention System Appliances, compliments of McAfee, visit:

About the Magic Quadrant

The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted 2010 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner’s analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the “Leaders” quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About McAfee, Inc.

McAfee, Inc., headquartered in Santa Clara, California, is the world’s largest dedicated security technology company. McAfee delivers proactive and proven solutions and services that help secure systems, networks and mobile devices around the world, allowing users to safely connect to the Internet, browse and shop the Web more securely. Backed by unrivaled Global Threat Intelligence, McAfee creates innovative products that empower home users, businesses, the public sector and service providers by enabling them to prove compliance with regulations, protect data, prevent disruptions, identify vulnerabilities, and continuously monitor and improve their security. McAfee secures your digital world.

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1 Gartner, Inc., “Magic Quadrant for Network Intrusion Prevention System Appliances,” by Greg Young and John Pescatore, Dec. 6, 2010.


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