McAfee to provide total protection for corporations

McAfee to offer new Total Protection 2.0 AV suite with modifications to accommodate Vista

McAfee this week plans to announce the second version of its corporate client security software, Total Protection, a combination of antivirus, antispyware, host-based intrusion-prevention and network access-control policy-enforcement agent.

Total Protection 2.0 adds a feature called SiteAdvisor designed to warn Web users that certain Web sites present dangers by forcing unwanted applications onto the desktop or other perceived risks. Total Protection 2.0 also adds support for Cisco's Network Admission Control (NAC) technology for restricting network access if virus or software patches aren't up to date. The McAfee Total Protection agent can carry out remediation for NAC based on policies controlled via McAfee's ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO) management console.

The SiteAdvisor feature for Web surfing rates Web sites in traffic-light colors green, yellow and red, "for sites known to be dangerous," says Kevin LeBlanc, McAfee group product marketing manager.

The Windows XP version of Total Protection 2.0 will include the full set of security features. However, McAfee will not add the Cisco NAC support for Microsoft's 32-bit and 64-bit Vista operating system, which became available last week, until further testing is completed.

And because of Microsoft's PatchGuard feature in 64-bit Vista, which restricts unauthorized access to the operating system kernel, Total Protection 2.0 for that platform will not include the host-based intrusion prevention.

In addition, some features in McAfee's antivirus scanning will not be included until Microsoft makes available a set of APIs expected in Vista Service Pack 1.

"There are changes because of 64-bit PatchGuard," LeBlanc says. But he added McAfee believes Microsoft is "on track" with providing the necessary APIs to the security industry.

Pricing for Total Protection 2.0 starts at US$93 per seat based on 100 users.

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