McAfee launches program for added security in the cloud

Security technology company McAfee has announced a program for software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers to add additional security to their cloud deployments.

Branded as the McAfee Cloud Secure program, it includes Cloud Security Certification Services, Automated Auditing, Remediation & Reporting, and Security Credibility trustmark.

Under the Cloud Security Certification Services, McAfee will partner with leading Certification delivery vendors to provide Certification services tailored for SaaS and Cloud vendors. The certification services, which are provided on an annual basis, will include existing security controls, processes and certifications, as well as future Cloud security standards, said a McAfee representative.

The Automated Auditing, Remediation & Reporting component of the program will include automatic and daily security audits, remediation of vulnerabilities and reporting of the security status of their service and network using the McAfee Cloud Secure service.

Cloud vendors who pass the daily scan and other checks receive a “McAfee SECURE” trustmark, providing credible, third party validation to be used on their solutions and in customer-facing marketing collateral, the company spokesperson stated.

Also, according to the security firm, the program will leverage the trusted McAfee SECURE technology and trustmark, which currently appears on more than 80 thousand Web sites worldwide.

The company announcement said that McAfee plans to build on the program by leveraging its comprehensive SaaS portfolio of Cloud-based security services along with its Global Threat Intelligence network, helping make the broader cloud-computing ecosystem more safe and secure.

The company also revealed that Amazon Web Services (AWS) and SuccessFactors are expected be amongst the first providers to leverage the new program.

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