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McAfee Announces Support of Network Access Protection Technology from Microsoft for Security Policy Enforcement

McAfee Builds Upon Trusted Connection Strategy with Support for Network Access Protection Technology

WORLDWIDE PARTNER CONFERENCE 2004, TORONTO, July 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- McAfee, Inc. (NYSE: MFE), the leading provider of intrusion prevention solutions, today announced plans to support Network Access Protection (NAP) technology from Microsoft, a comprehensive infrastructure that allows system administrators to monitor and control system access to corporate networks based on their level of compliance. Through the collaboration, McAfee customers will be able to enforce policy compliance of McAfee(R) VirusScan(R) Enterprise on all Network Access Protection-compatible systems before connecting to Microsoft environments-ensuring that malicious code threats, such as the recent Bagle and Lovgate worms, are prevented from entering networks. McAfee plans to offer full support for Network Access Protection technology, with availability dates to be confirmed later this year.

"Through broad partnerships with industry leaders like McAfee, we can deliver a comprehensive, end-to-end solution that protects corporate assets and controls the spread of viruses by ensuring policy compliance," said Steve Anderson, director in the Windows Server Group at Microsoft Corp. "Support for Network Access Protection technology helps McAfee customers stay steps ahead of future security threats and provides them the ability to help protect their networks from non-compliant access."

Support for Network Access Protection technology builds upon the McAfee Trusted Connection Strategy, a comprehensive strategy for validating that systems connecting to the network, from both internal and external access points, are brought to compliance before they are allowed to connect. As part of this strategy, McAfee has been working with leading VPN, remote access and networking vendors, such as Microsoft, Cisco, Check Point and Nortel, to help ensure that systems connecting to the network are brought to a satisfactory level of compliance, or remediation, before they can gain access to the corporate network. Executing further on this strategy, McAfee also recently joined the Trusted Computing Group (TCG), to help develop an open industry standard for enforcing system security compliance.

"Network Access Protection technology complements the McAfee Trusted Connection Strategy for ensuring that only compliant systems are connecting to the corporate network," said Raj Dhingra, vice president of corporate and product marketing at McAfee. "The initiative is designed to give our customers the visibility they need to eliminate their networks of rogue or non-compliant systems accessing multi-vendor networks-decreasing management costs and the exposure to malicious code attacks."


Key availability dates will be confirmed later this year. For more information on availability and pricing, please visit http://www.mcafee.com/ or call 888-VIRUS-NO.

About McAfee, Inc.

With headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif., McAfee, Inc. creates best-of-breed computer security solutions that prevent intrusions on networks and protect computer systems from the next generation of blended attacks and threats. McAfee's customers span large enterprises, governments, small and medium sized businesses, and consumers. For more information, McAfee, Inc. can be reached at 972-963-8000 or on the Internet at http://www.mcafee.com/ .

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