McAfee upgrades ePO for Active Directory

McAfee will deliver an updated version of ePolicy Orchestrator, its umbrella management console for McAfee security products, by the third quarter of this year. The new version is compatible with Microsoft Active Directory, the authentication and authorisation program.

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McAfee will deliver an updated version of ePolicy Orchestrator, the umbrella management console for its security products, by the third quarter of this year.

Vimal Solanki, McAfee's senior director of product marketing, said ePO had also been integrated with Microsoft Active Directory so enterprises can work with that program and with McAfee-based security and policy compliance.

"We're giving users the choice to use the current ePO approach or Active Directory," Solanki explained. "Some organisations have already made a heavy investment in Active Directory, they have policies based on it, so we are capitalising on that."

Now in beta, McAfee ePO 4.0 offers new management functionality, including its web-based console and dashboard based custom configurable reports, while also remaining backward compatible with ePO 3.6.

In addition, ePO 4.0 will introduce "role based access control for administrative purposes", according to Solanki. This enhancement enables administrators to split access rights and responsibilities.

McAfee ePO 4.0, which can manage McAfee's and Symantec's antivirus software as well as McAfee intrusion prevention, network access control, desktop firewalls and other products, will also have a custom dashboard and workflow to provide reports.

The single McAfee product not managed under ePO today is data loss prevention, which is expected to be brought under the ePO umbrella in the autumn.

McAfee ePO, which is used by 30,000 enterprises, is typically included without separate pricing as part of McAfee enterprise products.

McAfee may have taken another step in policy orchestration, but in anti virus software it continues to face stiff competition - rival Symantec has been busily developing next generation products.

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