McAfee has completed its evolution from anti-virus product supplier to security platform supplier with the release last week of integrated product suites for enterprises of all sizes.
The Total Protection Solutions suites are among the first to incorporate anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-spam and host intrusion prevention into one application that gives the IT manager a single console to view the health of the IT network and systems.
Rob Eatwell, channel regional director at McAfee, said the firm wanted to create a single security infrastructure that was integrated and scalable.
Chris Christiansen, vice-president of research at analyst firm IDC, said, "The complexity of managing security technologies will continue to drive the need for more integrated solutions. IT security is increasingly moving away from a focus on a single type of protection, such as anti-virus, toward a focus on broad protection from a wide range of emerging threats to enterprise security."
McAfee Total Protection for SMEs will be available as a managed service from 25 April, with the advanced version of the software priced at about £32 per user per year for a 51-node licence. The basic service has anti-virus, anti-spyware and a desktop firewall, while the advanced option offers anti-spam by rerouting SMTP e-mails and cleaning them.
For small businesses, McAfee's network operations centre can run and manage security operations such as updates and alerts, and give the user status updates through a dashboard-style application.
The enterprise version of McAfee Total Protection adds intrusion detection to the feature list, and is available from 17 April. It costs about £39 per user per year for a perpetual licence covering 1,001 users, and one-year support. An Advanced version costs slightly more and has network access control.