McAfee has released an update to its Network Security Platform designed to improve the platform's ability to analyse traffic and detect threats.
The company said that the update would include elements designed to improve bandwidth and multi-tenancy handling as well as the ability to detect and isolate possible threats.
Among the updates will be the ability to link multiple appliances in order to manage higher-throughput networks.
Through the use of an additional network switch, enterprises will be able to link the 10GB appliances into a clustered system which is capable of offering support for networks as high as 80Gbps.
Additionally, McAfee is adding the ability for the platform to support multi-tenancy. Aimed primarily at service providers, the platform can be configured to handle up to 1,000 intrusion prevention system (IPS) instances for cloud providers.
Tyler Carter, head of product marketing for the Network Security Platform, told V3 that the new features would allow service providers to provide security speeds which could keep pace with emerging network hardware platforms being used by cloud service providers.
"Some customers have lower throughput, while others have higher requirements and each has diff security needs," Carter explained.
"They are able to carve up the IPS device into a thousand virtual IPS policies, each with its own granular controls and reporting mechanisms."
The update will also bring new security controls to the Network Security Platform. Among the improvements will be the ability to analyse traffic across virtual networks and a scanning system the company calls Network Threat Behaviour Analysis.
The analysis tool will add the ability to observe the general behaviour of traffic, looking for general patterns and qualities in order to spot suspicious activity.
Much like heuristics tools in anti-virus software are able to scan and detect previously unknown samples, the company believes that the Network Threat Behaviour Analysis will be able to detect attacks which would not have previously been spotted by traditional signature-matching components.
Carter noted that the key feature for the analysis tool would be its inclusion as a regular feature in the Network Security Platform.
"The tool itself is not new and while there is an appreciation for more behavioural analytics, there is a cert threshold that organisations have to consume with security infrastructure," he explained.
"When it comes to purchase an analytics tool it outreaches their budget, so they would prefer it to be a feature of the solution."
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