McAfee Endpoint Security Review

Enterprise endpoint security offerings are centrally managed and defend against the full threat spectrum from zero-day exploits to advanced targeted attacks.

What is our primary use case?

How has it helped my organization?

Controlling and Monitoring Change
Change control processes are often reactive and require manual responses, an ineffective approach to combating today’s threats and handling the growing number of devices in the IT infrastructure. The Security Connected approach from McAfee ensures that every desktop, server, application, network device, and database is in the scope of a change control solution, giving you critical visibility into who is using your systems and what activities are taking place.

Enabling Consumerization of the Workforce
A flood of iPhones, iPads, Android devices, and employee-owned laptops is hitting the workplace, bringing better productivity but also new security risks. Learn how businesses can effectively and securely enable the use of consumer-owned devices in the enterprise by protecting how data is being manipulated and controlling network access across mobile devices, laptops, desktops, and virtual desktops.

Managing Security and Risk
Limit your exposure to security risks that reveal customer data and internal assets. This solution guide addresses the importance of implementing a strategic security and risk management program focused on prevention and protection — helping you reduce incidents and risks throughout your entire IT infrastructure.

Obtaining Benefit from PCI
McAfee helps enterprises take a formal, strategic approach to meeting PCI DSS requirements — an implementation that can yield other cost saving and operational benefits to the business. McAfee compliance solutions automatically assess compliance status, proactively respond to any issues or potential violations, and continuously monitor controls across the enterprise.

Protecting Information
Your company’s sensitive information, including intellectual property, financial records, and personal information about employees and customers, is an attractive target for cybercriminals. The Security Connected approach from McAfee helps you secure sensitive information on databases, file servers, smartphones, email servers, and USB drives — while keeping it accessible to multiple users and groups.

Protecting Information from Insider Threats
Don’t overlook the threats to your data and network from company insiders. To address these risks, McAfee provides a new level of visibility into your organization with security controls that work together across endpoints, networks, and data to improve incident detection, protection, and response capabilities.

What is most valuable?

The following are the main features of the McAfee Suite:

  1. Threat/risk protection at the core level: All of the components , including the antivirus and exploit functionalities, all communicate with each other on a real-time basis.
  2. Machine learning: The McAfee Suite consists of sophisticated learning algorithms in order to precisely identify and confirm the presence of any malware, primarily based on their signature profiles.
  3. The containment of applications: With this feature, your IT security staff can mitigate the damaging impacts of malicious files (such as those found in phishing emails) and other types of malware by blocking them from entering further into your network infrastructure, and from there, isolating them.
  4. Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR): EDR is now fully integrated into the McAfee Suite and is completely automated. Any risks and threats can be curtailed by just a few clicks of the mouse.
  5. Centralized management: The McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator is a specific tool that allows for your IT Security staff to a get a much greater visibility and insight into your network infrastructure with easy-to-use and understandable at-a-glance dashboards.
  6. Proactive learning analysis: With machine learning algorithms, the McAfee Suite can quickly create models of your organization’s cyber-threat landscape and what potential malware attack vectors could like in the future.
  7. Sophisticated levels of anti-malware protection: The engine that drives the McAfee Suite is updated on a 24-7 basis via the McAfee Global Threat Intelligence feeds.
  8. Advanced threat forensic capabilities: With this functionality, your IT security staff can quickly determine where the malware resides in your network infrastructure, how they evolved and penetrated your lines of defense, and how long they have stayed in your systems.
  9. Malware behavior monitoring: This tool of the McAfee Suite can actually record the “behavior” of the malware in question while also studying its Attack Techniques and Procedures (TPPs). It comes with a comprehensive alert system and can even provide a sophisticated review (or “playback”) for the network administrator.
  10. Migration assistant: This functionality allows for your IT security staff to quickly migrate network security policies from legacy platforms into the McAfee Suite.

What needs improvement?

Business Support some times lazy but once they on board they will get the job done.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

With McAfee ePO software, you can scale your network vertically or horizontally.

  • Vertical scalability — Adding and upgrading to bigger, faster hardware to manage larger and larger environments. Scaling vertically is accomplished by upgrading your server hardware, and installing McAfee ePO on multiple servers throughout your network, each with its own database.
  • Horizontal scalability — Increasing the size of the environment that one McAfee ePOserver can manage. Scaling horizontally is accomplished by installing additional Agent Handlers, all sharing a single database.

    Make sure the McAfee ePO infrastructure is scaled to handle major peaks in outbreak situations.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is getting better now, but previously, the support was not optimum or not available.  when we opened a case, the engineer took too much time to listen to us and then they collect all the information. But then he never came back to us. Sometimes, five days, three days, sometimes even two months would pass and nothing would happen. But now I can see that the tremendous change. From the moment you open a case, in the next hour, you will get a response from the technical support, so now I'm feeling that the support is getting better.

How was the initial setup?

Installing McAfee products is very easy. Not only at the endpoint. Any McAfee product, because of the Product and Installation guide available with good detailing,and the availability in the community & knowledge base articles. Most of the blogs you find even outside of the McAfee community, which help me in the deployment of McAfee products. So installation never seems to be hard for me.

What about the implementation team?


What was our ROI?

20 Months or less depending on each organization

What other advice do I have?

There are many other endpoint security solutions that are available today, but McAfee Suite has several distinct advantages when you make a procurement decision. For example:

  • All of the information, data, malware signature profiles, intelligence gathering, alerts, warnings and so on can be accessed and viewed very easily from just one console
  • You do not have to overspend on security technology, because all of the features described earlier comes as one unified, cohesive set. McAfee Suite also leverages all of the existing security features of the operating systems and virtualized environments also previously mentioned. So in the end, there is really nothing more that you need to add on
  • McAfee Suite can work as a single security solution for all kinds and types of device hardware and software such as workstations, servers, wireless/mobile devices, containers, virtual instances, and even those objects found in the Internet of Things (IoT)
  • McAfee Suite has been comprehensively tested by certified third parties and has proven itself in the real world

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

ENS 10.6 ePO 5.10
**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Reseller.
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