McAfee Takes Mac Security to the Enterprise

In response to the growing number of malware attacks on Macs, McAfee this week
released Endpoint Protection for Mac, a single integrated management platform that
includes antivirus and antispyware protection as well as a system firewall.

McAfee officials said the new security software suite supports Apple’s latest Snow
Leopard release of Mac OS X as well as Leopard and Tiger. The applications are now
available for purchase from the company’s Web site.

Macs — typically the preferred machine for universities, design and publishing
companies and a fervent consumer fan base — have become more and more common in
enterprise installations, making them all the more vulnerable and alluring to
hackers and malware purveyors.

“The demand for Macintosh in the enterprise is steadily growing, yet organizations are
either not using any security technology for these endpoints, or they are using a
standalone, non-manageable antivirus protection solution,”said Peter Lincoln, IT director
at marketing agency Aquent, in a statement. “We have to ensure that all our endpoints
meet our security compliance requirements no matter what operating system they are
running.”

The application provides the same console to manage Mac and Windows endpoints and
incorporates McAfee’s ePolicy Orchestrator for at-a-glance security reporting.

The inbound firewall stops network-based attacks to Macs while the outbound firewall
prevents spyware and other data-stealing programs from sending personal information to
hackers, company officials said.

In April, security software competitor Symantec
identified the first Mac botnet
that spread throughout a software package that
claimed to be a pirated version of Apple’s iWork application suite.

Article courtesy of InternetNews.com

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