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McAfee Cloud Workload Security is #12 ranked solution in Cloud Workload Security Solutions. IT Central Station users give McAfee Cloud Workload Security an average rating of 10 out of 10. McAfee Cloud Workload Security is most commonly compared to Trend Micro Cloud One Workload Security:McAfee Cloud Workload Security vs Trend Micro Cloud One Workload Security. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a comms service provider, accounting for 32% of all views.
What is McAfee Cloud Workload Security?

Workload security from on-prem to cloud.

Automate Discovery and Deployment:
Automation templates and continuous workload discovery for day-1 protection and a centralized view of instances across all accounts.

Visualize and Control Network Threats:
Cloud-native network visualization, prioritized risk alerting, and micro-segmentation for awareness and control to prevent both lateral attacks in the data center and external threats.

Defend Workloads Against Advanced Attacks:
Integrated countermeasures to protect workloads spanning machine learning, application containment, virtual machine-optimized anti-malware, whitelisting, file integrity monitoring, and micro-segmentation.

Discover and Defend:
CWS automates discovery and defense of elastic workloads to eliminate blind spots, deliver advanced threat defense and simplify management.

Simplify Cloud Security Management:
A single-pane console consolidates policy and management across physical, virtual, and multi-cloud environments.

Reduce Complexity:
Simplify security with centralized management, automated workloads, one-click quarantine, and the ability to take corrective actions from within the solution.

Buyer's Guide

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What users are saying about McAfee Cloud Workload Security pricing:
  • "It is not an expensive product. I am in the Indian market, and it is one of the most reliable and cost-effective solutions."

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Automatically discovers the number of servers and checks for compliance

Pros and Cons

  • "The discovery feature is the most valuable. After you integrate your cloud environment, maybe an Azure or AWS, or a private environment hosted on VMware, it automatically starts discovering the number of servers that are running on that cloud and the number of services that you have done. It is a beautiful feature because, from a security standpoint, it is difficult to identify which VM is compliant or not when you keep on provisioning a number of VMs in the cloud. It also checks for compliance. It checks whether a system is compliant and whether antivirus is installed on a VM. If an antivirus is installed, it checks whether the antivirus is updated to the latest signature package or not. All these things are beautifully done by McAfee Cloud Workload Security. For communicating with the McAfee server, you need to install an agent on the VM. McAfee Cloud Workload Security gives you a direct opportunity to install an agent on a Windows machine. If you have a Windows cloud, you can directly push that agent onto the VM through your McAfee portal. It provides you a single dashboard view of all servers present in the cloud. It shows the servers on which the antivirus is already installed as well as the servers for which the antivirus installation is still pending. This dashboard view is a much-needed thing. It also has a centralized management, which makes it easy to use."
  • "Its vulnerability assessment is not the best. We cannot identify the vulnerabilities that are related to the operating system by using McAfee Cloud Workload Security. I wish McAfee would add a vulnerability assessment tool that will not only identify the vulnerability but will also be able to generate a report so that the required patching can be done for the servers. Currently, McAfee Cloud Workload Security only integrates with AWS and Azure. If it can also integrate with GCP, Alibaba, and other cloud services available in the market, it would be good because not all people are using Azure and AWS."

What is most valuable?

The discovery feature is the most valuable. After you integrate your cloud environment, maybe an Azure or AWS, or a private environment hosted on VMware, it automatically starts discovering the number of servers that are running on that cloud and the number of services that you have done. It is a beautiful feature because, from a security standpoint, it is difficult to identify which VM is compliant or not when you keep on provisioning a number of VMs in the cloud.

It also checks for compliance. It checks whether a system is compliant and whether antivirus is installed on a VM. If an antivirus is installed, it checks whether the antivirus is updated to the latest signature package or not. All these things are beautifully done by McAfee Cloud Workload Security. 

For communicating with the McAfee server, you need to install an agent on the VM. McAfee Cloud Workload Security gives you a direct opportunity to install an agent on a Windows machine. If you have a Windows cloud, you can directly push that agent onto the VM through your McAfee portal.

It provides you a single dashboard view of all servers present in the cloud. It shows the servers on which the antivirus is already installed as well as the servers for which the antivirus installation is still pending. This dashboard view is a much-needed thing. It also has a centralized management, which makes it easy to use. 

What needs improvement?

Its vulnerability assessment is not the best. We cannot identify the vulnerabilities that are related to the operating system by using McAfee Cloud Workload Security. I wish McAfee would add a vulnerability assessment tool that will not only identify the vulnerability but will also be able to generate a report so that the required patching can be done for the servers.

Currently, McAfee Cloud Workload Security only integrates with AWS and Azure. If it can also integrate with GCP, Alibaba, and other cloud services available in the market, it would be good because not all people are using Azure and AWS. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using McAfee Cloud Workload Security for many years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is scalable. We have around 200 serves. 

One thing that I would like to add is that McAfee Cloud Workload Security doesn't give you a limit. For example, if you have about 200 licenses for 200 servers, and the system has grown gradually within a financial year, you can add, for example, 50 more servers within the financial year. The product itself doesn't restrict you from installing 50 more servers. That is one good thing that McAfee provides. You just have to mention it at the time of renewal, and only those 50 servers will get added to the license. It doesn't restrict you from installing this solution on those 50 servers till the renewal. So, if you have taken 200 licenses and you have added 50 more servers within that year, till the renewal, you can install and continue using McAfee Cloud Workload Security on new 50 servers.

How are customer service and technical support?

They provide good technical support. You just need to call on the toll-free numbers. They provide two types of support. One is business support, and the other one is premium support. You need to pay a bit more for premium support where you straightaway get connected to a technical support person. It is a kind of dedicated support for you.

Even if you have only business support, when you call in, there is not a huge number of call volume being faced by the technical support. You get connected in 10 to 15 minutes. They take information about the case very well, and they will provide whatever guidance or troubleshooting is required. McAfee engineers actually help you by taking the remote access. The agents in other companies just give you some documents that you have to follow, which becomes difficult, but McAfee actually helps you. The troubleshooting skills of McAfee engineers are good.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was very straightforward. You just have to input the tenant ID, and you have to give the key. Once you get the key, the VM automatically gets integrated with McAfee Cloud Workload Security. It is just an easy installation of the agent. You can push it straight away to the VM, and then you can start installing the antivirus.

I had around 200 servers. It took me around three to four days for the implementation, and it included putting antivirus on the cloud servers. For initial configuration, you don't even need half a day. It is very easy, and everything can be done in a few hours.

What about the implementation team?

I implemented it on my own. For deployment and maintenance, if you have less than 500 servers or 1,000 servers, I guess one person is enough. If you work in shifts, three people are enough, that is, one person per shift for a 24/7 shift. If there are more than 1,000 servers and it is a huge setup, you would need at least two to three people per shift. You can say a team of 10 or 12 would be required. System engineers and system administrators would be enough to manage it.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It is not an expensive product. I am in the Indian market, and it is one of the most reliable and cost-effective solutions.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I never used anything before McAfee Cloud Workload Security. People have started using cloud solutions more after 2017 or 2018.

I started with McAfee because of the trust that I had in McAfee. The detection capabilities and the performance of McAfee's on-premises products were the reasons why we trusted McAfee and went with it for the cloud solution. It is functioning properly in the cloud because McAfee has a good cloud model. Symantec, which is now being taken over by Broadcom, did not have any cloud-based model. Trend Micro is another competitor of McAfee. McAfee wins over Trend Micro because of the detection capability. Trend Micro is still lacking detection capability.

What other advice do I have?

I would surely recommend this product. It is a good product.

I would rate McAfee Cloud Workload Security a nine out of ten. The vulnerability assessment feature is ideal for this product, and it would improve the product capability a lot.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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