McAfee Network Security Platform Reviews

McAfee Network Security Platform is the #12 ranked solution of our top Intrusion Detection and Prevention Software tools. It's rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to Trend Micro TippingPoint NGIPS - McAfee Network Security Platform vs Trend Micro TippingPoint NGIPS

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AHmadMhedat
Real User
Senior Network Security Engineer with 201-500 employees
Dec 15 2019

What is most valuable?

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.

How has it helped my organization?

It improved my security by stopping an attack to the signature base, or the behavior base. This is what I use Network Security Platform for.

What needs improvement?

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… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I haven't used another product, but we have a built-in feature with Palo Alto. They have a built-in IPS, professional anti-spyware, and anti-virus. That is also the case with FortiGate. It is built in. In terms of standalone network… more »

What other advice do I have?

Don't be afraid to deploy this solution. It is very simple and easy to deploy. I think there is no issue. I tested on the McAfee Network Security Platform. You just need to thinking carefully about attacks to decide if it's a sole attacker… more »
Real User
Security Analyst at IT Convergence
Mar 19 2019

What is most valuable?

The ability to centrally manage all the IPS sensors, track the different security events generated by it, and customize the different policies, depending on their… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We feel safer now. We are currently enhancing all of our network security. The IPS has proven that it can find events and items, which previously went under the radar. We… more »

What needs improvement?

I would like the ability to apply more filters or better customize reports in order to display information in a readable way. That would be nice.

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

I did not handle the purchasing, but I believe it cost $15,000. There is an additional support fee, but I don't know how much it is.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

This is our first IPS technology that we deployed in our EDGE network. We are users of other McAfee tools. We wanted everything to be able to talk to each other. We want… more »

What other advice do I have?

This product is helping us grow, as we have a newly created security operations team.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also looked at Cisco and Palo Alto. The centrally managed solution allows for control of the tool and policies in a more straightforward manner. I would imagine other… more »
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Consultant
Junior Product Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Sep 10 2020

What is most valuable?

Overall the solution is very good. It offers great protection and gives us a good overview of what is on the network.

What needs improvement?

We would like to have a similar version that offers a bit less complexity. Currently, the settings and confirmations on the McAfee console are complex and complicated for our branches. I wouldn't describe this solution as easy to use. The… more »

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

There aren't any licensing costs associated with this solution.

What other advice do I have?

Our company does not have a business relationship with McAfee. We're just customers at this time. We are using the latest version of the solution, however, I'm not sure of what the version number is. I'd recommend this solution to other… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Although we're not currently planning on switching, if we had to, we'd probably switch to Cyber Protection. Their support is very good.
SmadiHuthaifa
Real User
Security Engineer at Advanced Technology
Jul 19 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the customization of the signature and the unlimited amount of custom signatures in IPS.

How has it helped my organization?

What needs improvement?

The solution needs to improve the graphical interface. They had a limitation in some of the sensor modems as well. You probably need to buy a big model to get the solution in line. They don't give you… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

This is the first IPS solution we are using.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution eight out of ten. They have inefficient sensor hardware and you need to uninstall a lot of third party software to improve the graphical interface - like JavaScript or… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at the Cisco IPS solution and found that they have multiple issues. If you want to submit or monitor anything in ASA, you should have a route to source the IPS engine. This is too difficult… more »
Consultant
Junior Product Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Sep 09 2020

What do you think of McAfee Network Security Platform?

What is our primary use case?

We use a lot of the functions this solution provides such as the firewall and the ability to check aliases. We can monitor and show the traffic that's moving in and out. When we detect malware, we scan for the virus on the PC and we can decide whether to delete or block the malware. I'm a junior product consultant and we are customers of McAfee. 

What is most valuable?

I like the monitoring feature where you can see all the traffic. 

What needs improvement?

It's a very good solution but we would like to have a simpler version. The management component could be simplified.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for six months. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is quite stable…

What is McAfee Network Security Platform?

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.

Also known as
McAfee NSP, IntruShield Network Intrusion Prevention System, IntruShield Network IPS
McAfee Network Security Platform 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