McAfee offers government security for Amazon cloud customers

I’m delighted to announce that McAfee is working with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to offer our Host-Based Security Solution (HBSS) to AWS Cloud customers. As HBSS is so critical to DoD’s security posture, it’s the first of several Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings we’ll do with AWS.

Military and civilian government agencies are increasingly leveraging cloud computing to increase system interoperability, increase accessibility and – importantly – reduce costs. We’ve heard government leaders advocate a movement to the cloud, and I’m happy to say we’ve responded, starting now. Not only is the AWS Cloud a leader, adhering to the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Cloud Security Model (or CSM), but recently the AWS GovCloud (US) Region also became the first-ever cloud service to receive a Provisional Authorization from the DoD for CSM levels 1-5.

For its part, McAfee’s HBSS provides the level of security that DISA and our customers demand. The system is a suite of McAfee COTS software that has the ability to detect, monitor and help mitigate threats in the DoD environment. We know it works well, and it’s already been implemented in over five million DoD systems.

The McAfee/AWS cloud offerings are being facilitated by InfoReliance, an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner and a member of the McAfee Security Innovation Alliance. InfoReliance acts as a value-added reseller for the HBSS for AWS solution, and is helping us build the roadmap for release and implementation of our SaaS offerings for government agencies.

Starting this month, HBSS for AWS will be available for purchase through our authorized resellers. Customers will be able to take additional McAfee SaaS solutions for AWS Test Drives on AWS GovCloud (US) at the following site:  http://aws.amazon.com/testdrive/govcloud/.

We’ve been planning this for a while and the launch this month is truly exciting. I have high hopes for these offerings because we’re offering our customers what they want and more: robust security through a first-rate cloud.

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