McAfee has unveiled new device-to-cloud security capabilities and a data science platform to give companies greater insight into the threat landscape, at its annual MPower Cybersecurity Summit in Las Vegas this week.

A key focus of the event was the need for cloud-native security features to protect against threats as organisations move to the cloud. 

“Today, the cloud is under attack. Cloud-based architectures are under assault. And we have to get better about protecting our data, our systems and our applications in the cloud,” McAfee CEO Chris Young said during his opening keynote.  

McAfee has rapidly built out its cloud security solutions, and integrating those with the rest of its product portfolio, since announced it was acquiring Skyhigh Networks in late 2017. 

“We deliver a modern architecture for addressing where attacks happen and where sensitive data resides through our device-to-cloud platform. It’s purpose built for heterogeneous on-premise, as well as multi-cloud environments. And as many of the organisations are increasingly moving to the cloud, our security solutions are there to help you move safely on your journey,” Young said. 

Speaking with media after the keynote, Young said the majority of the company’s customers are still using McAfee’s traditional products, but cloud is the fastest growing segment of the business. 

“Cloud is by far the fastest growing part of our portfolio, the penetration rate of cloud into our into our customer base is growing in the multi-double digits,” Young said. 

The business sees a huge opportunity to serve an emerging need and a growing need, of many of McAfee’s customers who are moving more of their operations to cloud environments. 

“Who’s not transforming their business right now with cloud?” Young asked. 

Speaking to media, Young said preventing against attacks required cloud native solutions. 

“Cloud is a different security paradigm than what we’re traditionally used to in our IT environments.”  

He explained, “When you talk about sensitive data in the cloud, you can have sensitive data shared, or leaked or stolen without it ever traversing a network choke point, and have the opportunity to inspect it with a traditional licence. So that’s where the importance of cloud-based or cloud native security capabilities comes in.”  

Shared responsibility

Speaking during the keynote, Jing Zhu – head of horizontal ISV solutions Amazon Web Services, outlined the role the cyber security vendor plays in its cloud infrastructure environment. 

“Security is a top priority for AWS. And we have a shared responsibility model with our customers, which AWS is responsible for the security of the top and our customer are responsible for security in the cloud,” Zhu said. 

That means AWS manages and controls components from the host operating system to the virtualisation layer, all the way down to the physical security of the facility that hosts AWS infrastructures. 

“Our customers are responsible for building secure applications and securing those applications on AWS.” 

McAfee helps the customer hold up their end of the bargain. 

“A partner like McAfee, they are key to our shared responsibility model as our customer they can leverage your solutions to enhance their security posture in the cloud.”

The company announced new features in McAfee MVision portfolio, cloud-based product family that allows organisations to deploy security as they move to the cloud.  

Data Science

McAfee is infusing more data science capabilities into its cybersecurity products with the launch of a new cloud-based analytics platform called MVision Insights. 

Unveiled at the company’s MPower conference in Las Vegas this week, the platform pulls in data gathered by McAfee from more than one billion sensors worldwide as well as an organisation’s own threat data to help companies focus on the most pressing cyber security threats. 

The platform is designed to detect threats faster and anticipate high-impact threats and remediate them more quickly.  

McAfee CEO Chris Young said with new insights product would help organisations shift from the back foot to the front foot. 

“It’s about as close as you can get to playing offence if you are a defender,” he said. 

“We are convinced that if done well, this could change the way security architectures are funded, managed and even sustained over time,” Young said. 

Tess Bennett travelled to MPower in Las Vegas as a guest of McAfee.

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