McAfee and RSA form global technology partnership

McAfee Inc. (NYSE: MFE) and RSA, the security division of EMC, have teamed up to form a global technology partnership which will offer integrated security-focused solutions for partners and end-user customers.

Ashok Devata, senior manager of product marketing at RSA, said the partnership was created so that both companies could offer their partner and customer communities integrated solutions to help address security issues, lower risks and help improve compliance.

“The kinds of things customers have on their security radar are hard to solve by a single vendor,” Devata said. “There’s a requirement for multiple vendors to come together and share their intelligence and bring together different silos of information to help connect the dots.”

Devata explained that RSA decided to partner with McAfee because in addition to it being “one of the market leaders in this space,” EMC also has a “good relationship with Intel (which announced their intention to acquire McAfee last summer). “So everything aligned well,” he added.

The partnership, which was announced last month, also enables knowledge-sharing and intelligence between McAfee Global Threat Intelligence and the RSA FraudAction Research Lab and Anti-Fraud Command Center. Information that’s gathered from these intelligence feeds will be used in solutions offerings from the companies to better enhance an organization’s infrastructure security and real-time protection against threats.

Today, both McAfee and RSA provide integration between McAfee Vulnerability Manager and RSA’s Archer eGRC platform. Thru RSA’s participation in McAfee’s Security Innovation Alliance Program, the companies plan on further deepening the integration with McAfee’s ePolicy Orchestrator and RSA’s Archer eGRC platform. This enhanced integration is meant to help businesses better manage their organizational risk by proactively identifying, tracking and mitigating mission-critical vulnerabilities and security issues.

Devata said the companies also plan on developing joint security solutions around areas such as data loss prevention (DLP) and risk and compliance management.

“We’ve developed a DLP ecosystem and partnered with companies such as Microsoft, VMware and Cisco to create best practices for DLP,” he said. “This is now expanding to McAfee also to bring more bundled solutions together to market.”

The McAfee and RSA technology partnership also means the companies will jointly develop solutions that address risk and compliance and governance issues using RSA’s Archer eGRC platform and McAfee’s Risk and Compliance solutions.

“This is an initiation of a technology and go-to-market partnership across the portfolio with multiple products and also signifies the exploration of what can be done when creating security standards,”

Devata said. “This announcement is around two major companies coming together and adding intelligence to help customers with security solutions.”

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