Beat the Ticking Clock Against Emerging Threats

In order to beat todays advanced threats, your security defense system relies on good communication. However, when your security posture is dependent on a slew of different products from a spread of vendors, communication can break down. This breakdown in communication means you’re losing valuable time in detecting cyberthreats.

To address this communication breakdown, there needs to be a way to tie separate security solutions together for coordinated, more comprehensive protection

Luckily, McAfee Threat Intelligence Exchange (TIE) brings individual security components together to work as a single security system This puts endpoint networks and gateways, global threat intelligence, local reputation and third party intelligence all in the same plane. Organizations are benefiting from having a unified system sharing threat intelligence on emerging threats as they appear.

“McAfee’s Threat Intelligence Exchange will dramatically reduce the time from threat encounter to containment by delivering protection from new and unknown advanced threats,” said Paul Baltzell, CIO at State of Indiana, Office of Technology. “Our continued investment in the McAfee Security Connected platform makes our security solutions more efficient and flexible, optimizing the security for our organization while driving down our operational costs.”


TIE helps to detect new and emerging threats wherever they appear, apply universal protection and deliver instantaneous responses. It also allows each separate element of your security infrastructure to communicate with one another easily, enabling your organization to detect advanced threats without interruption. This improved communication, flowing between McAfee security solutions as well as other vendor security solutions, lowers incident response time, makes for easy containment, and in turn, gives you an advantage over cybercriminals.

Cyberattacks unfold and progress though a number of predictable stages. We call this the cyberattack chain, which runs from information gathering and scanning all the way down to penetration and pillaging. Understanding each step of the chain, and what a hacker aims to accomplish during them, is the key to disrupting an attack.

For example, when using a unified threat intelligence system like TIE, you can inspect contextual attributes, examine suspicious packages and uncover the prevalence of an executable throughout a network. If the executable in question has a low trust score, your system can then quarantine, detonate or inspect the file, which would otherwise remain undetected.

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With McAfee TIE, this can be done regardless of the infrastructure involved. That’s because TIE provides admins with centralized control, making it easy to take immediate actions across distributed infrastructures without having to use DAT file updates. Threat information is instantly shared everywhere in the organization.

In security, time really is the name of the game. Nineteen percent of advanced targeted attacks take weeks to discover, another 14 percent take months to find and another two percent take years to even detect. TIE enables you to cut your detection and remediation time drastically, reducing your risks of exposure

Want more info on how TIE can be used to fight digital threats in your organization? Check out our TIE community page here for additional resources, and don’t forget to follow @McAfee for the latest product updates.

FOCUS 15 is just a few months away, where we will be demonstrating how you can tie the disparate security solutions in your environment into a comprehensive and actionable Security Connected architecture. Don’t miss it!

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