Customers Get a Jump on Targeted Attacks with McAfee Threat Intelligence Exchange

Targeted attacks are alive and well. According to the Verizon 2015 Data Breach and Investigations Report, 70% to 90% of malware samples are unique to a single organization. Detection and analysis of unique threat indicators are huge challenges for any organization, especially in a typical enterprise environment with security solutions from multiple vendors.

Today’s dynamic threat environment demands instant detection, analysis, and remediation of never-before-seen files when and where they first appear—on an endpoint, in the data center, at the gateway, or on the network. New threats need to be evaluated in real time against locally collected security data, as well as industry-shared threat intelligence, to enable detection of more threats at first exposure. The power of McAfee Threat Intelligence Exchange comes from its ability to detect emerging threats by operationalizing threat intelligence across an entire security infrastructure—regardless of industry.

From healthcare to banking, customers are using McAfee Threat Intelligence Exchange to uncover new threats as they appear.  Let’s take a look at Vidant Health, for example. This non-profit hospital headquartered in North Carolina implemented McAfee Threat Intelligence Exchange to close the gap between threat detection and protection.

“The last year has brought about substantial changes to advanced targeted threats—from the use of SSL to polymorphism. The jump is truly remarkable. A security team’s strength comes from making key decisions and acting very quickly, which has not been my experience with outsourced provider solutions,” said Kirk Davis, director of information security at Vidant Health. “The tools we choose today absolutely have to have the ability to dramatically improve, and, in some cases, automate that decision making in real time. McAfee Threat Intelligence Exchange promised to be the lynchpin in a connected security architecture, and, to my amazement, it works exactly as promised.”

What makes McAfee Threat Intelligence Exchange so revolutionary? It’s all about the shared communication across the entire security architecture, which helps detect threats and deliver protection in a timely manner. When it comes to targeted attacks, every second counts. “McAfee Threat Intelligence Exchange has been proven to reduce our exposure time from newly introduced advanced targeted attacks by delivering protection in real time when unknown files appear on our network,” Davis explained.

Here’s another McAfee Threat Intelligence Exchange success story in the banking sector. Yilmaz Ak, information security manager at Al Baraka Turk Participation Bank, has similar thoughts on the effectiveness of McAfee Threat Intelligence Exchange.

“McAfee Threat Intelligence Exchange has dramatically improved collaboration among our security solutions. Sharing threat data in real time to all of our systems has enabled us to achieve our security targets,” said Ak. Additionally, Al Baraka Turk Participation Bank was able to create automated, integrated, and easily manageable defense systems against current and future attacks with McAfee technologies.

Success stories like these illustrate the key benefit of McAfee Threat Intelligence Exchange: it allows security products to communicate and share threat intelligence, so that no solution operates in a silo. This is the only way to combat today’s targeted attacks.

Join us at McAfee FOCUS 15 Conference to learn more about what McAfee Threat Intelligence Exchange can do for your security infrastructure and how McAfee customers use McAfee Threat Intelligence Exchange, including details about Vidant Health and Al Baraka Turk Participation Bank.

If you can’t make it to Las Vegas this year, be sure to check out our McAfee Threat Intelligence Exchange product page, and follow @McAfee on Twitter for all of the latest product updates.

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