Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI), a scientific, engineering, and cybersecurity company, and McAfee, the world's largest dedicated security technology company, today announced they are partnering to provide a new combination of cyber security solutions to meet the sophisticated threats faced by large, complex enterprises. The partnership will provide carrier grade security solutions to intelligence, national governments, Telco's and enterprises around the world.
Cyber threats are outpacing the traditional hardware based defense-in-depth models used to protect high value networks at an alarming rate, at a time when critical data must move beyond the company network to the mobile endpoint, according to Charles Beard, SAIC's chief information officer and director for cyber security products and solutions.
"Our combined approach augments these historical investments with active threat intelligence and out-of-band, reprogrammable hardware platforms that intelligently adapt to anticipate, detect and remediate cyber-threats in sophisticated network infrastructures," Beard said. "CISOs, cloud providers and operators of high value networks will gain immense benefit from this exciting new collaboration and a trusted partner in the APT (advanced persistent threat) threat arena."
"Customers are looking for security platforms, applications and services that can take a commanding role in establishing threat readiness and ultimately protecting high value networks," said Joe Sexton, executive vice president of global sales at McAfee. "McAfee Network Threat Response technology combined with SAIC's solutions based deployment approach offers IT professionals advanced security at every level across the network."
The combined offerings meet key needs of today's CIOs and CISOs, Beard said. "The traditional model of embedded hardware with five year refresh cycles is simply inconsistent with the emerging threat landscape and legal liabilities faced by businesses around the world. A more aggressive model that allows CIOs and CISOs to consume virtualized services and applications based on their unique threat vectors and desired security posture is an alternative approach that is long overdue. Corporate boards understand cybersecurity is an enterprise risk issue that is evolving and CIOs and CISOs need solutions that can adapt to this ever changing landscape. That's where our range of offerings comes in," he said.
Beard said the same is true of national security customers who must adapt to protect national security, financial institutions that must insure robust capabilities in order to guard billions of dollars in transactions, the health industry which is moving toward digital records, energy with smart grid and telecommunications companies that must insure quality of service while also shielding millions of customers from fraudulent activities.
"We all know that current threat landscapes are extremely sophisticated," said Sexton. "In order to identify, prevent and react to threats, large enterprises need a full range of people, hardware, and software. Network security analysts need flexibility and complete control over their security posture to adapt protection levels and take defensive actions, in real time, as attacks are unfolding. This cyber collaboration brings industry leaders together offering a broad range of services and solutions to help protect the most sophisticated networks against malicious cyberattacks."
McAfee industry leading security products coupled with SAIC's CloudShield(r) security products, provide both companies with access to new markets and overall stronger, combined solutions.
During the first part of the agreement, McAfee will integrate McAfee(r) Network Threat Response technology into CloudShield's PN41 for the IBM Blade Center(r) and CS4000 platforms. McAfee Network Threat Response is an out-of-band appliance that captures, deconstructs, and analyzes malware in real time. When it is paired with the PN41, CloudShield's patented DPI (deep packet inspection) architecture supporting critical security and control applications, or the CS4000, a modular chassis supporting high-speed packet and software-driven content processing, an effective solution to the demand for agile and secure threat detection emerges.
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