McAfee extends its Cloud Security Platform to Microsoft Azure


McAfee has announced that its Cloud Security Platform is now available for Microsoft Azure environments.

The newest announcement comes as the first product with Skyhigh Networks since it has been acquired by McAfee earlier this year. The full McAfee Cloud Security Platform includes Skyhigh Security Cloud, Virtual Network Security Platform (vNSP) and Cloud Workload Security (CWS), all which give an extended protection for infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS), a software-as-a-service (SaaS) on Microsoft Azure cloud.

Bear in mind that the same platform was earlier available for Amazon Web Services (AWS) but the company wants to extend its support to all platforms, with Google Cloud, Oracle and SAP’s public cloud support coming at a later date, according to Anand Ramanathan, vice president of product management at McAfee.

He also added that container security, as well as serverless options, are coming in the second half of this year or early next year.

The McAfee Cloud Workload Security (CWS) was already available for Azure earlier this year while the Skyhigh Security Cloud for Azure is available now. The support for the Virtual Network Security Platform (vNSP) on the Azure cloud will be available by the end of this month.

“Moving applications, data and workloads to the cloud exposes enterprises to new threats and risks,” said Rajiv Gupta, senior vice president of the cloud security business unit, McAfee. “At the same time, the adoption of cloud allows organizations to transform their business. This is why we are on a mission to make cloud the most secure environment for business. The introduction of McAfee Cloud Security Platform for Microsoft Azure is an important step to fulfilling this mission for our customers.”

According to McAfee, with the Cloud Security Platform, organizations can:

  • Audit security configuration settings of Microsoft Azure against best practices, identify security and compliance gaps and recommend specific actions to reduce security risks.
  • Capture the complete audit trail of user and administrator activity to accelerate post-incident forensic investigations and monitor the spread of advanced threats.
  • Use data science and machine learning to detect insider threats and compromised accounts.
  • Remove malware from traffic going to, from, and within the Microsoft Azure infrastructure.
  • Identify and prevent unauthorized sensitive data from being stored in Azure storage services, such as Blob Storage.

You can check out more details over at McAfee’s Cloud Security Solutions website.


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