McAfee, RSA Join Forces for Enterprise Compliance and Risk Management

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Security giants McAfee and RSA have announced that they've joined forces for a new enterprise security and compliance solution that integrates security data and business information to provide what the companies claim will be a "deeper understanding of risk and compliance issues." The partnership centers around interoperability between RSA's Archer eGRC and McAfee's ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO) platforms.

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Aimed at large enterprises, this joint McAfee-RSA solution intends to give IT leaders a more strategic view of their security, policy, and compliance efforts. "[This] integration allows organizations to utilize McAfee security management products to manage system-level security while also incorporating data and findings from those products into their risk and compliance management processes within the RSA Archer eGRC Platform," McAfee's Senior Director Security Management said in a joint McAfee/RSA statement. RSA touted their own security management prowess, with David Walter, senior director of RSA, stating that "this integrated offering provides customers the opportunity to improve IT-GRC programs with information from security management processes."

This integrated McAfee/RSA solution provides enhanced interoperability between RSA Archer and McAfee ePO, with both companies claiming that the enhanced integration provides "visibility into ownership and relationship to business processes and applications for a better understanding of the criticality of the issues captured from ePO and the appropriate accountability to ensure proper and timely response." McAfee's portion of the solution also rolls up data from other McAfee policy and security products to give administrators a more comprehensive view of the security posture of their IT infrastructure.

McAfee and RSA have both been working to help enterprises more effectively manage security and compliance, with McAfee recently announcing their new DeepSAFE security initiative. RSA has been working to overcome the stigma associated with suffering one of the largest security breaches against a security company in recent memory, when hackers successfully used a targeted spear-phishing attack to obtain critical information about RSA's SecurID technology that experts believe was then used to launch a cyber attack against defense contractor Lockheed-Martin.

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