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News  27, Feb 2013

McAfee acquires ValidEdge sandboxing technology

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Mcafee logoMcAfee aims to block future cyber security strikes automatically and cure already infected endpoints with the acquisition of ValidEdge sandboxing technology.

McAfee today announced its acquisition of ValidEdge sandboxing technology that can identify sophisticated, resistant and hard-to-detect malware. This move is to broaden its anti-malware portfolio and further strengthen the McAfee Security Connected approach. In addition to this particular acquisition, the global computer security software company also announced more than 30 anti-malware product enhancements that will enable the company to move forward in its work in malware protection.

This will provide advanced threat detection by running suspected malware in a “sandbox” environment, and registering what impact a suspected malware sample will have on an endpoint. The new technology will further strengthen McAfee’s current contribution to identifying zero day attacks, which is crucial in preventing malware attacks on unpatched vulnerabilities.

When integrated with the other networks and endpoint anti-malware products, this technology will automatically block future strikes by already convicted malware samples. Already infected endpoints can also be cured automatically using McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator. In terms of time frame, McAfee plans to deliver the first product that integrates the new sandboxing technology in the second half of 2013.

“According to our research, 59% of enterprise security professionals believe that they have been targeted by an advanced persistent threat,” said Tony Prigmore, a senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group.

Aiming to help customers improve their security posture, optimize security for greater cost effectiveness, and align security strategically with business initiatives, McAfee wants to use this approach to prevent unnecessary business delays and security loopholes.

Earlier this year, McAfee also released its 2013 Threats Predictions with malware in the form of ‘blackmail’ as one more commonly seen threat. Users will either be forced to lose their data or pay a ransom to regain access.

Image Credit: McAfee

Elaine Huang

Elaine Huang

Elaine is a fervent believer that if there ever is a zombie apocalypse, we will all be snapping away at them with our phones and posting them onto Instagram. A Mass Communication graduate of Ngee Ann Polytechnic's School of Film and Media Studies, she enjoys writing about technology and entrepreneurs. When not hashtagging her way through all sorts of trouble, Elaine is probably contemplating how to write in the third person.

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