McAfee is to release a beta of desktop and laptop policy enforcement software which ensures users’ PCs comply with corporate security policies.
The McAfee Policy Enforcer 1.0 can make checks to ensure that anti-virus programs are running or are up-to-date, including security software from McAfee rivals Symantec, Trend Micro and others.
For remote connectivity, the software can also ensure that virtual private networking client software from several companies is also in full working order.
The product integrates with McAfee’s ePolicy Orchestrator 3.6 platform to ensure ease of deployment and lower management and integration costs.
Analyst Gartner recently estimated that 80% of enterprises will have implemented network access control policies and procedures by the end of 2007, and McAfee’s Policy Enforcer is designed to address this demand.
“With the increase in laptop adoption, the variety of connection methods and the mobility of employees, the importance of having more comprehensive network access control has increased,” said Gartner analyst John Pescatore.
Policy Enforcer integrates with Cisco’s Network Admission Control (NAC) framework and Microsoft’s Network Access Protection (NAP) system.
The beta will be available towards the end of this month and the commercial product will be available in early 2006, said the company.