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McAfee unveils refreshed cyber security solutions portfolio

The new McAfee Behavioral Analytics uses machine learning to identify threats

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  • McAfee reveals refreshed portfolio of its cybersecurity
  • This will optimise its operations and users’ experience
  • The new technology uses machines to identify threats

Global cybersecurity firm McAfee on Wednesday unveiled a refreshed portfolio of its cybersecurity solutions that allows rapid response to advanced cybersecurity threats. McAfee’s updated Enterprise Security Manager (ESM 11) leverages a new data architecture optimised for scalability, performance, faster search and collaboration.

McAfee says that online security concerns are rising in India. IANS
McAfee revises its online security portfolio. IANS

This new architecture combined with the newly-launched McAfee Behavioral Analytics and enhanced McAfee Investigator, McAfee Advanced Threat Defense, and McAfee Active Response would help security operation teams optimise their security infrastructure. McAfee ESM 11, and McAfee Behavioral Analytics are now available. McAfee Investigator will be available in April and enhancements to McAfee Advanced Threat Defense and McAfee Active Response will be available in May, the company said in a statement.

“Given the difficulty in finding skilled resources, enterprises need advanced analytics and machine learning-powered solutions to augment the people they have,” said Jason Rolleston, Vice-President of Security Analytics at McAfee.

Also Read: Indians’ online security concerns increasing: McAfee

“By combining the strength and speed of these new solutions with the power of human intellect, security operations teams become faster, smarter, more effective, and more efficient,” added Rolleston.

McAfee ESM 11 shares huge volumes of raw, parsed, and correlated security events, and allows for flexible horizontal expansion with active-active high availability, enabling organisations to rapidly query billions of occurrences.

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The technology will identify threats using machine learning. Wikimedia Commons

The new McAfee Behavioral Analytics uses machine learning to identify threats. It distills billions of security events down to hundreds of anomalies to produce a handful of prioritised threat leads. The updated McAfee Investigator has expanded investigation guides that include new navigation features to multi-select findings for faster case closure. IANS

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North Korean-backed ‘Sharpshooter’ Cyber Attacks Still on, Says McAfee Report

Previous attacks focused on telecommunications, government and financial sectors, primarily in the US, Switzerland, Israel and others

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A global cyber espionage campaign, known as Operation Sharpshooter, started a year earlier than previously thought and is still ongoing, say security researchers, adding that a group linked to North Korea could be behind the campaign.

The findings were revealed after researchers at US-headquartered global cybersecurity firm McAfee got a rare opportunity to examine the code and data from a command-and-control server responsible for the management of the operations, tools and tradecraft behind this global cyber espionage campaign.

McAfee on Sunday said the command-and-control server code was provided by a government entity.

“Access to the adversary’s command-and-control server code is a rare opportunity. These systems provide insights into the inner workings of cyberattack infrastructure, are typically seized by law enforcement, and only rarely made available to private sector researchers,” Christiaan Beek, McAfee Senior Principal Engineer and Lead Scientist, said in a statement.

McAfee first uncovered Operation Sharpshooter in December 2018.

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The new analysis suggests that the campaign began as early as September 2017 — approximately a year earlier than previously evidenced — and is still ongoing.

Analysis of the new evidence has exposed striking similarities between the techniques used in the Sharpshooter attacks and aspects of multiple other groups of attacks attributed by the industry to the Lazarus Group, McAfee said.

The Lazarus Group is linked to North Korea which was blamed for the 2016 Sony hack and the WannaCry ransomware outbreak in 2017 among other attacks on global businesses.

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The Sharpshooter attacks appear to now focus primarily on financial services, government and critical infrastructure,McAfee said, adding that the largest number of recent attacks primarily target Germany, Turkey, Britain and the US.

Previous attacks focused on telecommunications, government and financial sectors, primarily in the US, Switzerland, Israel and others, it added. (IANS)