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Check Point, Huawei join Intel Security Innovation Alliance

Intel Security Innovation Alliance continues to grow as security firm opens up McAfee data exchange layer

Intel Security has announced continued growth and product integrations across the Intel Security Innovation Alliance at the firm’s annual Focus conference in Las Vegas.

Check Point, Huawei and other industry leaders have joined the partner ecosystem aimed at providing an integrated, connected security ecosystem that maximises customer investments in security infrastructure.

The number of partner companies that already have or are developing technology integrations with the McAfee Data Exchange Layer (DXL) has doubled in the past year, according to Intel Security.  

The announcement comes just a day after Intel Security announced that it would be opening up DXL for any organisation to use to enable real-time threat intelligence sharing between different point products in their infrastructure.

McAfee DXL provides a standardised integration and communications fabric for products regardless of underlying proprietary architecture.

This open security architecture enables organisations to integrate their security systems and gain visibility across their IT environment, analysing data more efficiently and yielding more available and actionable intelligence, said Intel Security.

“In today’s quickly evolving threat landscape, security products that do not interact with each other not only increase operational cost, they increase risk,” said DJ Long, head of the Intel Security Innovation Alliance.

“By joining forces with industry leaders, the alliance is providing a truly integrated, unified security ecosystem, enabling rapid deployment, simplified management and maximised protection,” he said.

The integration between McAfee DXL, McAfee Threat Intelligence Exchange (TIE) and Check Point firewall products is aimed at enabling intelligence sharing and workflow optimisation.

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According to the alliance, real-time communication between these products allows customers to scale and automate their security environment to save time and resources.

Huawei and Intel Security will work to provide indicators of compromise (IOC) data alerts to McAfee DXL and McAfee TIE, providing dynamic behaviour analytics and intelligence sharing to customers.

The alliance also announced that Intel Security products McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO) and McAfee Enterprise Security Manager (ESM) now integrate with Intel alliance partner HPE Aruba’s ClearPass product.

This cross-supplier integration covers threat intelligence sharing, and automatic detection and remediation, the alliance said.

In the past year, the alliance said Intel Security and alliance partner MobileIron have integrated systems to solve the key challenges of extending data protection to mobile devices, addressing mobile threat protection and unifying admin workflows and user experience between mobile and endpoint devices.

It said partner customers will now have the added capability of user behaviour analytics (UBA) to accelerate attack detection and incident response, and to pinpoint anomalies in real time.

UBA automates the detection of attacks and risk behaviours inside an organisation and can dramatically reduce the time and skill needed to investigate and respond to security events, the alliance said.

Through their integration with McAfee ESM, alliance partners now providing UBA include CyberArk, Exabeam, Fortscale, Gurucul, Interset, Niara and Securonix.  

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