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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.

Cyber attack has effected millions of people globally. Wikimedia Commons
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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McAfee Official Says, India Needs A More Secured Cybersecurity Ecosystem

India now has the National Cyber Coordination Centre

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McAfee Official Says, India Needs A More Secured Cybersecurity Ecosystem
McAfee Official Says, India Needs A More Secured Cybersecurity Ecosystem, Pixabay

Although India has become more active when it comes to cybersecurity, the country needs to put all the pieces together to protect businesses via a foolproof ecosystem, a top executive from cybersecurity firm McAfee has stressed.

“India is interacting a lot with neighbours, coordinating with them via strategic MoUs on cybersecurity but there are few things that need to be patched to be able to respond faster and better to cyber attacks,” Ian Yip, Chief Technology Officer, Asia Pacific at McAfee, told IANS.

In a recent report released by the Australian Security Policy Institute, India ranked 10th on cyber security globally.

“The 10th rank globally is not that bad and there is room for improvement. India is in a good place to make those improvements by collaborating with all the stakeholders including cyber security firms,” Yip added.

India now has the National Cyber Coordination Centre, apart from a general computer emergency response team (CERT) and a separate CERT to protect the Banking, Financial services and Insurance (BFSI) sector.

According to Yip, there is now a full-fledged secondary market with cybercrime-as-a-service, helping cybercriminals leverage capabilities from fellow attackers and use advanced malware techniques to target enterprises.

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Logo of McAfee, flickr

“Cyber attackers have the capability to use some of the more advanced techniques. There is a secondary market with cybercrime-as-a-service, where they can leverage the capability of other criminals into the attack mechanisms,” Yip noted.

Apart from rising ransomware attacks, cryptojacking is now a big threat to companies.

Cryptocurrency mining is rising, said the executive, owing to the increase in the cryptocurrency value.

“Cryptojacking is more harmful for businesses and individuals than ransomware because it increases the cost of ransom,” Yip added.

The fourth quarter of 2017 saw a spike in the Bitcoin value, driving cybercriminals to focus on cryptocurrency hijacking through a variety of methods and was defined by rapid cybercriminal adoption of newer tools and schemes, a new McAfee report said recently.

According to Yip, the next big wave of innovation in cybersecurity solution is Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions.

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Cyber security, Pixabay

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“There is urgent need to automate, orchestrate and integrate as much of security infrastructure as possible amid skill shortage. Cyber attackers are now also trying to leverage the potential of New-Age technologies,” he noted. (IANS)