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McAfee introduces security management platform

McAfee announced today a version of its management console designed to support most major security applications, and to allow third parties to write custom code to add special functions to McAfee’s existing framework.

McAfee describes ePolicy Orchestrator 4.0 (ePO) as a vendor-neutral product that has built-in administration and monitoring support for most other security vendors’ products as well as some custom solutions.

Using application programming interfaces (APIs) and software development kits (SDKs), McAfee’s value-added resellers and systems integrators can configure ePO to manage clients’ existing antispyware and antivirus software, host-based intrusion prevention system, network access control and data leak prevention with a single agent, said Kevin LeBlanc, McAfee’s director of product marketing. The console can also manage network security, email gateways, vulnerability scanning and virtual private networks (VPNs).

“The (independent software vendors) and the systems integrators can now hook into ePO much, much easier and faster,” which will give them time to do more integrations and grow their businesses, LeBlanc said in an interview today. He called the release of ePO 4.0 “by and far the largest and most significant” for enterprise customers in McAfee’s history.

ePO 4.0 is available today, and McAfee will offer its partners training with the APIs and SDKs, LeBlanc said. The announcement comes just days after Symantec said its security management platform, Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.0, will ship at the end of the month. Unlike McAfee’s vendor-neutral ePO, Symantec Endpoint Protection combines many of the security products that Symantec has developed or acquired over the last few years.

Later this week, will take a deeper look at the two approaches and what they mean for partners of both vendors. In the meantime, check out the security management resources at

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