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McAfee Improves Desktop Security Package To Better Deal With Botnets

Intel-owned security software maker McAfee has updated its entire Network Security Platform, enhancing the level of control CIOs have on their network.

According to the company, the latest Network Security Platform better protects customers from botnets through improved reputation intelligence, virtual network inspection and a traffic analysis port that can be used for network monitoring.

“McAfee Network Security Platform goes well beyond traditional Network IPS with the addition of McAfee Global Threat Intelligence, support for virtual environments, and the ability to correlate across endpoint and network products,” Rees Johnson, senior vice president and general manager of network security, McAfee, said in a statement.

These monitoring tools are meant both to provide greater security while a computer is using virtual resources, and to provide technical support with more information in case a forensic study is necessary after an attack.

The move is important because, after years of telling people that they must keep anti-virus software up-to-date, many users believe that anti-virus will protect them from all online threats. Bundling protection from botnets with traditional anti-intrusion measures benefits users who believe they are doing enough to secure their computers online.