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McAfee "Deep Defender" Endpoint Security Targets Kernel-Mode Malware

McAfee Releases Endpoint Security Built on DeepSAFE Technology Co-Developed by McAfee and Intel

McAfee today announced “McAfee Deep Defender” the company’s next generation endpoint security solution that brings enhanced detection capabilities allowing it to detect kernel-mode malware.

Announced at the McAfee FOCUS 11 conference, the solution utilizes McAfee DeepSAFE technology, hardware assisted technology that sits below the operating system to proactively block rootkits that bury themselves in the OS to avoid detection.

DeepSafe Technology – the latest child of Intel’s acquisition of McAfee in February - was demonstrated in September at the 2011 Intel Developer Forum during Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini’s keynote.

McAfee Deep Defender McAfee said it worked closely with Intel to deliver the hardware-assisted security designed to stop stealth behaviors used by rootkits and APTs. According to McAfee, more than 1,200 new rootkits are currently detected each day.

McAfee Deep Defender provides:

Real-time memory and CPU monitoring – using McAfee DeepSAFE technology, this low-level visibility allows McAfee Deep Defender to recognize evasive techniques employed by stealthy malware and gives administrators a real-time view of memory processes, enabling configurable block or deny actions.

Zero-day detection - McAfee Deep Defender does not need to have prior knowledge of the rootkit to detect its existence.

Protection against known and unknown threats – McAfee Deep Defender will report, block, quarantine, and remove known and unknown stealth techniques attempting to load in memory. For suspected or unknown threats, McAfee Deep Defender sends a fingerprint of the code to the McAfee Global Threat Intelligence network and then carries out the configured action, such as block, remediate, or quarantine.

Central management with McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator platform – utilizing the same ePolicy Orchestrator console already used across existing McAfee endpoint security solutions, customers can now receive dashboards and reports that provide greater visibility into hidden threats.

“The combination of McAfee and Intel brings fresh innovation to secure the future of computing and the Internet,” said Todd Gebhart, co-president of McAfee. “The bad guys are getting smarter about hiding malware, but they can’t hide it when interacting with the hardware, memory or operating system. We can now detect these interactions, and provide an unprecedented level of protection to our customers by blocking an entirely new range of stealthy threats.”

“Security is a fundamental pillar of computing,” said Renée James, Intel senior vice president and general manager of the Software and Services Group. “We are working to ensure users have an engaging, secure and productive computing experience across all Intel platforms using McAfee technologies.”

More information on McAfee Deep Defender is available here

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For more than 10 years, Mike Lennon has been closely monitoring and analyzing trends in the enterprise IT security space and the threat landscape. In his role at SecurityWeek he oversees the editorial direction of the publication and manages several leading security conferences.