Mcafee and Riverbed Expand Partnership to Provide Integrated Security and WAN Optimization in One Appliance
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Press release date: October 5, 2010
Web Gateway Security Solution Runs on Riverbed Services Platform, Combining Best-of-Breed WAN Optimization and Web 2.0 Security on Single Appliance
DUBAI, UAE - October 05, 2010 - McAfee, Inc. (NYSE: MFE) and Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the IT performance company, announced an expansion of their partnership to now deliver Web 2.0 security capabilities on the Riverbed® Services Platform (RSP). This partnership underscores the two companies' commitment to delivering best-of-breed, comprehensive security coupled with wide area network (WAN) optimization solutions for distributed enterprises. The McAfee® Web Gateway solution delivers comprehensive security for all Web 2.0 traffic, and coupled with the award-winning Riverbed Steelhead® appliance, enables a superior level of proactive Web 2.0 protection from headquarters to branch offices.
The RSP is a virtualized, extensible data services platform integrated with the Steelhead appliance hardware that allows customers to deploy multiple best-of-breed edge services that formerly required dedicated servers. Customers can deploy virtualized applications, such as McAfee Web Gateway Security, directly on the RSP to further minimize the hardware infrastructure footprint at the branch office, thereby reducing operational overhead. The new joint solution complements the existing McAfee® Firewall Enterprise software, which is currently available on the RSP. By leveraging the best-of-breed solutions from McAfee and Riverbed in a single appliance, enterprises are able to deliver accelerated data and application access to users while protecting critical information and infrastructure from security threats.
The consumerization of IT has leveraged the popularity of Web 2.0 applications in the enterprise, and social networking applications have increasingly become a primary component of mainstream marketing and sales initiatives. Social media applications, such as Facebook and Twitter, provide a great service to marketing efforts, but are also a new source of targeted attacks by cybercriminals looking to infiltrate corporate systems. Preventing intellectual property leaks via social media is also a major concern among organizations, especially with the lack of visibility and control over multiple remote offices. The joining of forces between the leading WAN optimization provider and the world's largest dedicated security company addresses the need for advanced Web 2.0 security, by providing customers with intent analysis, URL filtering, McAfee anti-virus, anti-malware protection and WAN optimization to protect Web 2.0 experiences throughout the organization, regardless of location.
"Organizations realize that Web 2.0 is important, but often security measures do not match the growth rate at which employees are using these applications," said David Scholtz, senior vice president of worldwide strategic alliances at McAfee. "To prevent malicious Web attacks and data leakage, organizations need a new level of control and by adding McAfee Web Gateway to the Riverbed and McAfee Enterprise Firewall solution, customers now have the most comprehensive security solution in a WAN optimization platform available."
"Riverbed enables its customers to consolidate edge services at the branch office, helping organizations to reduce the IT footprint in the branch, simplify IT management and reduce costs while still delivering LAN-like application performance to distributed employees," said Venugopal Pai, vice president of global alliances at Riverbed. "By running McAfee Web Gateway security on the RSP, enterprises experience these benefits along with the ability to proactively protect themselves against the threats that attack systems via social media and other Web 2.0 applications."
By scanning a Web page's active content, McAfee Web Gateway security emulates and understands the behavior and uses predictive modeling to proactively protect against zero-day and targeted attacks as they occur. The McAfee and Riverbed partnership enables Web experiences throughout the organization to be more:
o Productive - The solution provides granular control over how and where Web applications are used
o Secure - Scans outbound requests and posts along with all inbound traffic
o Efficient - Improves application performance and reduces bandwidth congestion Availability
The solution is globally available today.
About McAfee, Inc.
McAfee, Inc., headquartered in Santa Clara, California, is the world's largest dedicated security technology company. McAfee delivers proactive and proven solutions and services that help secure systems, networks, and mobile devices around the world, allowing users to safely connect to the Internet, browse and shop the Web more securely. Backed by unrivaled Global Threat Intelligence, McAfee creates innovative products that empower home users, businesses, the public sector and service providers by enabling them to prove compliance with regulations, protect data, prevent disruptions, identify vulnerabilities, and continuously monitor and improve their security. McAfee secures your digital world. http://www.mcafee.com
Riverbed Technology is the IT performance company. The Riverbed family of wide area network (WAN) optimization solutions liberates businesses from common IT constraints by increasing application performance, enabling consolidation, and providing enterprise-wide network and application visibility - all while eliminating the need to increase bandwidth, storage or servers. Thousands of companies with distributed operations use Riverbed to make their IT infrastructure faster, less expensive and more responsive. Additional information about Riverbed (NASDAQ: RVBD) is available at www.riverbed.com.
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