Cloud security

McAfee Enterprise and FireEye strengthen cloud security support for AWS

Visitors arrive at the cloud pavillion of Amazon Web Services at a technology trade fair on March 14, 2016, in Hanover, Germany. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

McAfee Enterprise and FireEye on Monday announced the availability of new cloud security capabilities on Amazon Web Services (AWS) as well as integration with the Amazon Inspector vulnerability management service.  

This was one of the first major announcements since the Symphony Technology Group combined McAfee Enterprise and FireEye last month to form a $2 billion company with more than 5,000 employees.

According to McAfee Enterprise and FireEye, their behavior analysis and machine-learning extended detection and response (XDR) capabilities combined with Amazon Inspector promises to deliver AWS customers greater visibility and protection of cloud-based applications and data.

“The combined technology and intelligence of McAfee Enterprise and FireEye protects AWS customers by providing additional visibility and control, reducing overall risk while also allowing for faster migration to the cloud and easier, more streamlined interoperability,” said Michelle Salvado, senior vice president, engineering at McAfee Enterprise and FireEye.

Security analysts expect many other cloud security announcements by this group.

“Expansion of security solutions and similar announcements for Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform will certainly follow,” said John Morgan, CEO at Confluera. “Many organizations are not deliberating on whether or not they will adopt cloud services, but rather which ones and how they can provide an overarching security for their differing cloud infrastructures. Many security providers are anticipating the shift and will certainly be announcing additional cloud security as well as security for multi-cloud environments.”

This announcement aims to provide deeper AWS integration for existing FireEye-McAfee customers, said Jon Oltsik, senior principal analyst and Enterprise Strategy Group Fellow. This means visibility into AWS-based threats and vulnerabilities and the ability to detect and remediate them using FireEye and McAfee solutions. It also appears that FireEye-McAfee will push further into the AWS distribution channels and programs, Oltsik said.

“So nothing spectacular or revolutionary, just sound execution by FireEye/McAfee to make sure that existing customers using AWS can leverage their security tools, and that potential new customers have more ways to find FireEye-McAfee solutions,” Oltsik said.

Frank Dickson, program vice president for security and trust at IDC, said as we look to secure hybrid and multi-cloud, AWS almost always comes up as one of the clouds to protect. Dickson said deeper levels of integration are critical differentiators for security vendors.

“For me, the key to this announcement is the implied message,” Dickson said. “McAfee and FireEye have presented a unified and integrated go-to market message that integrates the strengths of each to address the AWS security use case. The combination of McAfee and FireEye just finalized last month. Granted, a press release is more marketing than actual integration of McAfee and FireEye product. However, we all know that getting a press release approved in one organization, far less two, can be challenging. The McAfee/FireEye integration is clearly on an accelerated timeline.”

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