Security firm McAfee has announced what it claims to be the first security management platform that links network, data, system and compliance management software.
"The latest version ePolicy Orchestrator links all these systems to enable businesses to reduce cost and improve efficiency," said Greg Day, security analyst at McAfee.
According to Day, version 4.5 takes the ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO) from a being a system management console to a cross-enterprise integration and correlation tool.
"The console now pulls everything together in a single console in real time to enable businesses to identify and manage risks to meet compliance requirements," said Day.
This makes it possible for organisations to achieve a much higher level of security defence automation and compliance reporting than before.
"For the first time, ePO users will be able to automate protection on user profiles, which is especially useful for enforcing data privacy policies," said Day.
Enhancements to existing process management facilities in ePO will help reduce operational cost, which is important to many companies in an economic downturn.
These facilities include co-ordinating security tools from hundreds of different suppliers to work in response to real-time security intelligence feeds.
The ePO enables real-time updates from McAfee's Global Threat Intelligence service, which includes the Artemis and TrustedSource security intelligence feeds.
Large enterprises using ePO report savings of up to 50% in hardware and 60% on staff time to manage security infrastructures.
"This means highly paid IT professionals are able to use their skills for more appropriate things instead of mundane administrative tasks," said Day.
Qualcomm CIO Norm Fjeldheim praised the ePO 4.5 framework and open security management platform.
"This demonstrates that McAfee understands the importance of holistic, continual optimisation," he said.