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Pros
"Great monitoring feature.""There's a good dashboard you can drill down into. It helps you easily locate intrusions and the source of attacks.""The feature I found most valuable is the network threat analyzer in the security platform. It also integrates with GTI, or Global Threat Intelligence. Otherwise, I just use the basic features.""Overall the solution is very good. It offers great protection and gives us a good overview of what is on the network.""The solution can scale.""The initial setup is straightforward.""It has a lot of functions, such as firewall. We are administrators, and we create some rules to protect our network. We also monitor the traffic in and out and have disk encryption on-premises. When we detect malware, we scan for the virus on the PC. We can then delete or block the malware."

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"Edge protection is a valuable feature.""I like the solution's interface.""The most valuable features are that it's user-friendly, has interesting features, URL filtering, and threat prevention.""For those who want a next-gen firewall that's easy to configure and easy to operate, I think you should go for Palo Alto.""Everything has been okay with the solution. We are using all of the features."

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Cons
"Integration with Global Thereat Intelligence could be better. Also, I think management solutions are end of life now at McAfee. Network threat analyzer may be used for endpoint quarantines. Integration between these sides, as well as endpoint APO, will help you quarantine the risky endpoints.""The management component could be simplified.""The pricing could be improved.""We would like to have a simpler version. Some settings and functions on the McAfee console are complex and complicated. I want the management console to be simpler.""Some of the documentation is not as straightforward as it could be.""The management console needs to be less complex and easier to navigate.""The solution could improve some aspects of detection."

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"In terms of what needs improvement, the only thing I don't like is the support.""The technology firewall anomaly network could stand improvement.""The pricing has improved with the newer generation of their Firewalls, but the price could always be lower. In comparison with other solutions, I believe they're quite competitive.""The documentation needs to be improved. I need better information about how to configure it and what the best practices are.""Palo Alto's maintenance needs to be improved."

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"The pricing has improved with the newer generation of their Firewalls, but the price could always be lower.""The pricing could be lower."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The pricing of the solution is okay. Licensing is paid on a yearly basis.
Top Answer: The system isn't fool-proof. Sometimes, based on the network or other reasons, McAfee cannot detect the actual attack. This rarely happens. It's only been the case maybe one or two times. The solution… more »
Top Answer: The resource consumption should be addressed. The technology firewall anomaly network could stand improvement. The pricing could be better.
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Also Known As
McAfee NSP, IntruShield Network Intrusion Prevention System, IntruShield Network IPS
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Overview

McAfee Network Security Platform is a uniquely intelligent security solution that discovers and blocks sophisticated threats in the network. Using advanced detection and emulation techniques, it moves beyond mere pattern matching to defend against stealthy attacks with a high degree of accuracy. This next-generation hardware platform scales to speeds of more than 40 Gbps with a single device to meet the needs of demanding networks. Our Unified Defense Architecture approach to security management streamlines security operations by combining real-time McAfee Global Threat Intelligence feeds with rich contextual data about users, devices, and applications for fast, accurate response to network-borne attacks.

Threats do not discriminate between application delivery vectors, requiring an approach that has full visibility into all application traffic, including SSL encrypted content, with full user context. Threat Prevention leverages the visibility of our next-generation firewall to inspect all traffic, automatically preventing known threats, regardless of port, protocol or SSL encryption.

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Sample Customers
Desjardins Group, HollyFrontier, Nubia, Agbar, WNS Global Services, INAIL, Universidad de Las Américas Puebla (UDLAP), Cook County, China Pacific Insurance, Bank Central Asia, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, City of Chicago, Macquarie Telecom, Sutherland Global Services, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, United Automotive Electronic Systems
University of Arkansas, JBG SMITH, SkiStar AB, TRI-AD, Temple University, Telkom Indonesia
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider22%
Government9%
Manufacturing Company7%
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Financial Services Firm33%
Comms Service Provider33%
Aerospace/Defense Firm11%
Healthcare Company11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company25%
Comms Service Provider22%
Government6%
Financial Services Firm6%
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Small Business20%
Midsize Enterprise50%
Large Enterprise30%
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Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise29%
Large Enterprise43%
Find out what your peers are saying about McAfee Network Security Platform vs. Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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McAfee Network Security Platform is ranked 7th in Intrusion Detection and Prevention Software (IDPS) with 7 reviews while Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention is ranked 11th in Intrusion Detection and Prevention Software (IDPS) with 5 reviews. McAfee Network Security Platform is rated 8.8, while Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of McAfee Network Security Platform writes "Attack analysis shows who tries to exploit my vulnerabilities". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention writes "Easy to configure and easy to operate with great stability". McAfee Network Security Platform is most compared with Cisco NGIPS, Trend Micro TippingPoint Threat Protection System, Darktrace, Fortinet FortiGate IPS and Check Point IPS, whereas Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention is most compared with Darktrace, Cisco Stealthwatch, Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall, Check Point IPS and Splunk User Behavior Analytics. See our McAfee Network Security Platform vs. Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention report.

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