Research Firm Recognizes Network IPS as a Leader: It’s a Tribute to our People

In my last post I wrote about how McAfee believes that investing in people is just as important as investing in core technology.  No more than a week later, my views and the company strategy were confirmed by industry analysts as McAfee was recognized as a “Leader” in the Gartner 2012 Magic Quadrant for Intrusion Prevention Systems.  It motivates me and energizes our team when we receive a placement in this distinguished research methodology – competing against leading vendors since 2003.

I congratulate the network security team on the focus and dedication that is necessary to develop and maintain our technology at this caliber and place us in the Leaders Quadrant for both vision and ability to execute.  In my opinion, and in line with the McAfee philosophy, it’s absolutely critical to invest in human middleware to provide proactive security. Expert researchers are the key to identifying and preempting zero-day attacks.  Of course, a vendor that cannot afford the high cost associated with security research will try to argue that compute cores and software can deliver a similar level of protection.

I’m confident that this classification is based on our dedication to providing not only the standard first-generation IPS capabilities, but also full application awareness, context awareness, content awareness and full stack inspection.

It’s affirming to be recognized, which we believe is for the performance, value and strength of our Network Security Platform and the work we are doing every day to proactively protect against today’s increasingly sophisticated attacks.

If you keep up with my blog, I hope to share more about at least five other products that have been positioned on the Gartner Magic Quadrant in the last year and how we’re working to make all of our solutions Leaders Quadrant-worthy.

Check out the full report which is available for review at:

1 Gartner, Inc., “Magic Quadrant for Intrusion Prevention Systems,” by Greg Young, John Pescatore, July 5, 2012.

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