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McAfee Realizes Wide Adoption of Open Security Platform

October 2017 by Marc Jacob

McAfee has announced widescale adoption of the Data Exchange Layer (DXL), including interoperability with Cisco Systems and new collaborations through the McAfee Security Innovation Alliance, the industry’s premier technology partnering program, demonstrating the industry move to collaborative, open and integrated security.

Since its launch in 2016, the OpenDXL initiative has accelerated enterprise use of DXL, and available service offerings. The OpenDXL initiative has shown increasing adoption through enterprises developing with it, dozens of solutions completed via the software developer kit (SDK), published to the GitHub source code repository and, a dedicated open source web community.

Increasing industry momentum, DXL and Cisco pxGrid, the open security information grid by Cisco, now work together to share threat event context and enable automation between the network and endpoint. With the two fabrics interoperating, organizations can now drive integrations with security solutions from hundreds of vendors. Furthermore, through the OpenDXL initiative, integration and orchestration are now extended to open source and enterprise applications.

Together McAfee and Cisco are delivering:
• Industry’s Largest Open Security Fabric: With close to 100 integrated partners between them, DXL and pxGrid together create a universal, unified and responsive security infrastructure for threat detection and response.
• Automated Threat Mitigation: Automated processes can cross previously siloed tools, and link endpoint, network and security operation domains, closing security gaps that prevent efficient and effective threat management.
• Improved Decision Precision: Bi-directional data flow enriches integrated applications with detailed information, allowing analysts visibility into critical data such as what is on their network, current security posture, privilege levels, and more.

On the anniversary of the OpenDXL initiative, McAfee has released DXL 4.0 and new open source tools that provide an enterprise-class environment for developers to facilitate effective use and accelerate creation. Newly released DXL features include:
• Easy pxGrid Integration: Simple download includes all software required to connect DXL and pxGrid and set automated policies to respond to potential threats.
• Automated Incident Response: McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (McAfee ePO) automatically reacts to threat events, sending data to DXL to disseminate amongst connected products for action
• Improved Management: Simplified client provisioning and process updates with new DXL ePO extension and client enhancements. New contributions to the OpenDXL community:
• Simplified Development and Testing: New interactive development environment and standalone DXL Broker lets users set up a working DXL infrastructure and development environment in five minutes or less.
• Simplified pxGrid Integration: New OpenDXL pxGrid Python client is optimized to support interactions between OpenDXL services and pxGrid. McAfee SIA New Partners and Integrations

The McAfee Security Innovation Alliance ecosystem continues to flourish by adding new partners, reaching more than 130 members. Newly added partners include:
• Corero Network Security
• Deep Secure
• Digital Authentication Technology
• DigitalDefense
• Excalibur
• Extreme Networks
• GuardiCore
• IBM Security
• Infoblox
• Juniper Networks
• Kaymera
• Micron Technology, Inc.
• SS8
• SecurityScorecard
• SailPoint
• Zimperium

The McAfee Security Innovation Alliance mission is to accelerate the development of interoperable security products and to simplify the integration of products within complex customer environments. With McAfee SIA, the cybersecurity industry is delivering an integrated, connected security ecosystem that maximizes the investment customers are making in their cybersecurity infrastruture, while shortening response times from security events and more easily remediate compromised systems, leading to a simplified Threat Defense Lifecycle.

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