McAfee merges encryption, DLP with new suite

The antivirus vendor repackaged SafeBoot's endpoint encryption and encrypted USB tokens with its existing data loss prevention products.

McAfee, moving swiftly to capitalize on its fall acquisition of SafeBoot, has launched its Total Protection for Data suite, which repackages SafeBoot's endpoint encryption and encrypted USB tokens with McAfee's existing data loss prevention products.

Since antivirus vendors already own the endpoint it makes sense to integrate into the same management tool.
Pete Lindstrom,
analystBurton Group

The suite, announced Monday, is still something less than an integrated product. According Vimal Solanki, vice president for worldwide solutions and competitive marketing, the two former SafeBoot components, McAfee Endpoint Encryption and McAfee Encrypted USB won't be managed under McAfee's popular ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO) management console until sometime later this year.

The "Total Protection" theme mirrors its Total Protection for Enterprise endpoint security product, which combines antivirus, antispyware, host-based intrusion prevention, antispam, and optionally, network access control (NAC).

Endpoint security vendors have moved aggressively to consolidate various security features--antivirus/antispyware, HIPS, firewall, NAC, etc.--into comprehensive products, evolving very quickly from the traditional notion of the standalone antivirus product. Symantec, for example, now offers Endpoint Protection 11.0 as a successor to its Antivirus Corporate Edition. Other vendors have taken similar approaches, either through development, acquisition or partnerships.

McAfee emphasizes its product integration and management as a major selling in the rapidly shifting endpoint security and data protection markets.

"Customers are tired of two many agents and consoles," said Solanki. "We already have a single agent for existing products. If a customer has ePO, he cut just flip the switch."

"Since antivirus vendors already own the endpoint it makes sense to integrate into the same management tool," said Pete Lindstrom, an analyst at Midvale, Utah-based Burton Group. "If there is one thing McAfee does very well and gets great respect for, it's ePO. It's often cited as the greatest reason enterprises keep McAfee around."

Traditional antivirus companies have moved aggressively into the DLP market. McAfee developed its own products, in part, from its acquisition of Onigma. More recently, Symantec bought Vontu and Trend Micro acquired Provilla.

Solanki said the combination of disk and removable device encryption with DLP--both host-based and gateway--covers all the critical data loss vectors organizations must deal with, whether it's device loss or theft, or inadvertent or malicious misuse of sensitive data. McAfee is not alone in this view; encryption vendor Utimaco recently announced an OEM version of Trend Micro's LeakProof DLP product.

"DLP and encryption are tied together," said Lindstrom. "Once you identify the problem, it makes sense to have different ways to address it."

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