McAfee Unveils New IPS Appliances

The devices -- the IntruShield 4010 and IntruShield 3000 IPS sensors -- are designed to fight against zero-day encrypted and Denial of Service (DoS) attacks. The devices target enterprise-caliber customers, offering 1gbps and 2gbps speeds for carriers and other large organizations that require high-availability networks.

"Appliances are moving into the core of customer networks, and large companies need equipment that performs on their level," said John Vecci, senior product marketing manager. "This is our way of addressing that spectrum of the market."

According to Vecci, the new sensors help McAfee customers bridge the gap between security priorities and business realities by proactively and automatically stopping attacks in real-time. Coupled with some of the McAfee's risk management solutions, the new appliances also enable Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs) to offer customized solutions.

Additionally, the solutions expand the Santa Clara, Calif.-based vendor's IntruShield line to the enterprise marketplace. Until now, McAfee has sold its IntruShield 1200, 1400, 2600 and 4000 appliances mostly to SMBs.

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Solution providers said there is great interest from their customers to deploy broader-scale IPS across their networks.

John Hawes, vice president of sales at Dyntek, Irvine, Calif., said he plans to sell the new McAfee IPS solutions as a way for large enterprises to secure their networks from the inside, building implementation and maintenance services around the product to create lines of recurring revenue.

"Where we had been selling [intrusion prevention] solutions in single devices for the perimeter, we're now seeing customers are buying [these tools] in 10s and 20s and deploying them across the entire network," he said. "The response for this kind of thing has been unbelievable."

Both of the new IPS sensors are available now. Pricing for the IntruShield 3000 begins at $59,995; the IntruShield 4010 retails for $99,995.