It was an exciting week for us at the McAfee Focus 14 Security Conference as TITUS was named the McAfee Security Innovation Alliance (SIA) Most Valuable Partner of the Year. We are very proud of this award as it validates the energy we have put into integrating and innovating unique data security solutions that deliver high value to mutual TITUS and McAfee customers. This past year has seen a number of large, strategic accounts, such as Momentive, affirm that the joint TITUS and McAfee solution is the ideal choice to protect their sensitive data.
Last week also provided a glimpse into the exciting future for our partnership with McAfee. On October 29, McAfee announced that real-time data protection has taken a huge step forward. McAfee has created an information communication fabric called the Data Exchange Layer (DXL) which enables, “millions of connections with a small network footprint of existing McAfee and partner products.” Combined with the McAfee Threat Intelligence Exchange (TIE), the system provides instant feedback on suspicious activities. It can be compared to, “a modern soldier’s command-and-control network, [where] DXL brings together multiple information sources for analysis and decision-making, and immediately dispatches tactical commands to the front lines.”
TITUS has been working closely with McAfee to integrate our data classification solutions with the new Data Exchange Layer and Threat Intelligence Exchange solution for real-time analysis, alerts, and instant remediation when user activity is deemed suspicious or dangerous. Key TITUS events will be able to be immediately shared with the TIE to check for user behavior patterns that indicate if a good user has gone bad. For instance, if a user is found to dramatically reduce the classification level on several documents in quick succession, this would raise flags in the TIE as a potential treat. Downgrading the classification on one or two documents may not be interpreted as a threat—if the user is authorized to change document classifications—however, downgrading multiple files in a short time period may cross a policy risk threshold. If this happens, McAfee could immediately change in the user’s security status and restrict the user from printing files, sharing files to cloud storage, or copying files to an external drive. In addition, administrators could be immediately alerted to the user’s risky behavior.
TITUS is proud to be the SIA Most Valuable Partner for 2014, and to be one of the first partners to engage with McAfee on enabling bi-directional communication via the McAfee DXL to the TIE and other data security solutions. By sharing data sensitivity and user activity information via DXL, TITUS Classification Suite provides critical information the TIE can leverage to detect real threats as they happen. Stay tuned for more information about TITUS and DXL in the weeks to come as we continue to build on the momentum of our successful partnership with McAfee.