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McAfee joins Adobe for data security software

Security software firm McAfee and Adobe Systems are jointly to develop software to protect sensitive company information.

Security software firm McAfee and Adobe Systems are jointly to develop software to protect sensitive company information.

The software will integrate data loss prevention and digital rights management using a combination o f McAfee's policy-based data classification and Adobe's policy-based document protection.

The application suite has yet to be named and will be available on the McAfee website only in early 2010, the companies said.

The software will ensure access control is applied automatically, based on the classification of the data.

The software will also enforce company corporate governance policies to reduce the chances and cost of losing business-critical information.

The two have also announced that McAfee is making its McAfee Security Scan antivirus software available as a free download for all customers installing Adobe's Reader and Flash Player software.

Adobe has been forced to issue a number of security patches after hackers targeted the firm's Reader and Acrobat software as a way of taking over victims' computers.

"Data breaches are happening all over on any mechanism," said Malav Patel, group product marketing manager for McAfee data protection.

"This partnership expands the scope of data protection to a wider audience," he said.

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