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McAfee Announces Security Solutions to Assist Governments Move to the Cloud

8/09/2014 by


McAfee, part of Intel Security and a leading provider of comprehensive security solutions to the U.S. federal government, today announced it will offer its Host-Based Security Solution (HBSS) to Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) federal government cloud customers. HBSS, a security architecture deployed throughout the Department of Defense (DoD), will be the first in a series of McAfee Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings enabled by InfoReliance, the company that is assisting with McAfee’s migration of existing tools and products to the AWS Cloud.

The U.S. military and other government organizations are increasingly turning to cloud computing to increase mission interoperability, preserve resources and reduce costs. To ensure a standardized approach to cloud transition across the DoD environment, the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) requires that all cloud service providers adhere to the DISA Cloud Security Model, or CSM. Recently, the AWS GovCloud (US) Region became the first-ever cloud service to receive a Provisional Authorization from the DoD for CSM levels 1-5.

Already implemented on over five million DoD systems, HBSS is a suite of McAfee commercial-off-the-shelf software that helps detect, monitor and mitigate threats to the DoD network and systems. The new HBSS SaaS offering for AWS will enable the DoD and intelligence community to extend their existing security architecture, migrate their mission applications, further secure their data and meet their information assurance mandates.

“Our DoD customers said they wanted to transition to the cloud and we listened,” said Ken Kartsen, Vice President of Federal at McAfee. “We’re embracing cloud through strategic investments across our portfolio of network and endpoint cybersecurity technologies so they will be interoperable with AWS. We wanted to lead with a cloud offering for HBSS as it is so critical to the security of DoD systems.”

“It is important for DoD customers to be able to quickly and easily migrate to the cloud while meeting their mandated security requirements,” said Teresa Carlson, Vice President of Worldwide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “This shared security solution provides additional layers of security to help DoD customers to securely manage resources in the cloud while reducing costs.”

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